Not many people realize it, but there is actually a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth.

Brushing your teeth is one of the most basic aspects of oral care, which is why the fact that so many people don’t do it correctly may come as a surprise to many people. Many people make tooth-brushing mistakes without even realizing it, so how do you know if you’re doing it wrong? Luckily, our dentist in Lawrence is here to help. Here are a couple of the most common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth:

Mistake #1. Brushing from side to side.

When you brush horizontally along your gum line, you’re not as effective with removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth.  Instead, place the toothbrush bristle at a 45-degree angle along the gumline and brush in a circular motion, moving from the gumline downward toward the chewing surface of the teeth.

Mistake #2. Rinsing your mouth out with water after brushing.

If you use fluoride toothpaste to counteract dental decay, you should know that, when you rinse with water after brushing your teeth, you are cutting down the efficiency of the fluoride. Instead of water, rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash or simply just spit out the excess toothpaste an do not rinse.

These are just a couple of the most common tooth-brushing mistakes, but there are many more that we all need to be aware of so that we can take the best possible care of our teeth. Would you like to learn about more common, tooth-brushing mistakes? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog, and as always, please contact us if you have questions or concerns.