Did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth?
Brushing your teeth is so common, and such a routine activity, that it’s easy to forget that it’s a learned technique. Sometimes when we give our teeth a lazy brush or rush the job, it becomes a sloppy habit that is hard to break.
You want to spend at least two minutes – 120 seconds – brushing your teeth. Most adults don’t even come close to brushing that long. If you want to know how long you really brush your teeth, use a stopwatch to time yourself.
Try to brush two or three times a day for no more than two or three minutes at a time. The goal of your twice-daily brushing routine is to clean away all the plaque on your teeth without hurting your gums. It’s surprisingly easy to harm the soft tissues of the mouth; any damage to your gums is an open invitation to the diverse and numerous bacteria that inhibit your mouth.
The key thing is to be gentle. There is always the temptation to press too hard, especially with a soft brush. Pressing hard on sensitive gums can cause microscopic lacerations and set the stage for an infection.
Brushing too long or too often can have the same effect.
Most people fall into habits and always start brushing at the same spot. That means you brush the same four teeth every time! Try starting from a different place each time to ensure more comprehensive coverage.
Call Briglia Dental Group at (610) 692-4440 to schedule an appointment and see how our team can help you and your family develop lifelong, healthy oral habits.