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Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes to Avoid

Tooth Brushing

Because brushing your teeth is something you have been doing for yourself since you were a child, it probably feels like second nature. However, you may be surprised to learn that if you get just a little bit lazy about how you go about this everyday task, real harm to your oral health can occur. Being aware of some of the most common tooth brushing mistakes people make can help to ensure that you stay on the right track with proper dental care.

One of the most common tooth brushing mistakes is using an incorrect toothbrush. For proper dental care, family dentistry experts recommend a toothbrush that is the appropriate size, with a comfortable handle, but often this is not the case. If people have the right toothbrush, they are more likely to use it regularly. The bristles on the toothbrush need to be firm enough to remove plaque buildup, yet soft enough to avoid harming the teeth and gums. If in doubt, ask an affordable dentist in Center City Philadelphia for a recommendation.

For proper dental care, be sure to brush gently two or three times per day for two to three minutes, using long, horizontally angled strokes. Waiting too long between tooth brushing can cause harmful bacteria and plaque to develop. However, do not brush too often, which can lead to exposure of the roots, or brush too aggressively, which can cause erosion of the tooth enamel.

Not using the correct tooth brushing technique is another common dental care mistake. According to family dentistry experts, the best technique is the thorough brushing of every tooth. Thoroughly brushing the inner surfaces of the teeth is important, but many skip that step, which can cause issues to show up at the next visit to their family dentistry office.

Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after use, allow time for it to dry completely, and replace it every three to four months.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Center City, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Center City. 

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