Plaque sticks to your teeth like crazy, so it only makes sense that you’d need to brush super hard to get rid of it all, right? Unfortunately not. In reality, many people out there are simply brushing their teeth too hard. We can understand the logic behind wanting to scrub away the stuff on your teeth that are causing them harm. After all, that’s what you do when something is stuck to your dishes.

There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to dental care. In today’s post, we’ll be sharing about one of the absolute best things you can do to take care of your teeth. (Of course if you need an in-person refresher, our dentist would love to see you, and you can click here to schedule an appointment!)

Anyway, without further ado, we’ll be dispelling a few of the myths surrounding brushing below, so keep reading to learn more.

Great Dental Care Starts With Quality Brushing

The Bristles on Your Toothbrush Play a Big Part

Hard bristles will get rid of the most plaque that’s lingering in your mouth, right? Sadly, no. Hard bristles can do quite a bit of damage to your teeth and your gums alike. When it comes right down to it, the truth is that soft bristles are almost always the way to go — unless your dentist advises otherwise.

Soft bristles on a toothbrush can get into the small nooks and crannies, gently massaging the plaque away. That’s true as long as your brushing technique is correct, of course. Our recommendation is to choose an electric toothbrush that will take care of all the hard work for you and change the head every 3 months or so.

Slow Down and Be Gentle

As the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. In other words, although it can often feel like a mad dash to get through the brushing experience as quickly as possible, the truth is that you should be taking your time when you brush.

Brush each tooth in small circles, working your way through your mouth. Don’t neglect your gums though, because they need some attention as well!

Once again, an electric toothbrush will solve this problem for many people thanks to the inclusion of a built-in timer. Some toothbrushes even alert you every 30 seconds, allowing you to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth for a total brush time of 2 minutes. Follow up with some mouthwash and you’re all set.

Schedule an Appointment Today

At the end of the day, the best way to tell if you’re taking good enough care of your teeth is to see a dentist regularly for a dental care assessment. We recommend coming in every six months, so if you’re looking for a dentist in Woodbury, Corsi Dental Associates would love to see you!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!