Brushing your teeth is an essential part of oral health, but are you brushing the right way?

Although tooth brushing seems straightforward, you may be surprised to learn that many people don’t do it correctly! In our last blog, our dentist in Lawrence went over two tooth-brushing mistakes. Here are a few more:

Mistake #3. Not brushing for long enough.

It can feel like an eternity sometimes when you stand in the bathroom brushing your teeth. Many people think they brush for a longer period of time than they actually do. The average spends 45 to 70 seconds a day brushing their teeth according to the American Academy of General Dentistry which is less than half of the recommended time of two minutes twice a day. This gives you enough time to remove plaque and kill bacteria. Try setting a timer for two minutes or listening to your favorite song while you’re brushing. Another trick is to take a couple laps around your house to make the time feel like it’s going by more quickly.

Mistake #4. Not brushing your tongue.

Not all of the bacteria in your mouth is located on your teeth, and much of the bacteria left over from the food and drinks you consume is found on the tongue, which can cause bad breath. In addition to cleaning your teeth, you should be cleaning your tongue as well.

Mistake #5. Waiting too long to replace your toothbrush.

Most people only change out their toothbrush once every six months, but according to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every two to three months. As you use the toothbrush, the bristles begin to break down and thus become less effective at removing plaque and bacteria. If you wait too long, food particles and bacteria can start to build up in the bristles and on the handle of your toothbrush.

Brushing your teeth is essential, but it’s also important to ensure that you are brushing your teeth correctly so that you can maximize its benefits and be efficient with your time. Schedule your appointment with our dentist in Lawrence today and we will help improve your brushing technique and oral health!