The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your life and your habits. Have you made any growth or progress in 2018? What are some of the improvements you made that you would like to carry into the new year? Are there any bad habits that you would like to kick in 2019? When it comes to brushing your teeth, you may have some bad habits that you may not even know are bad habits. Breaking these bad brushing habits can help you improve your oral hygiene routine and improve your oral health. Your dental team at Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX can help you re-tool your oral hygiene routine. 

Not Brushing Long Enough

The average length of time that a person brushes their teeth is just 45 seconds. When you compare that to the American Dental Association recommendation of two minutes, the average time comes up short. If you suspect that you are not brushing for the full two minutes, set a timer and check yourself out. Use the full two minutes to brush every surface of each and every tooth in your smile. Two minutes for at least twice a day can help keep your smile clean.

Brushing Too Hard

A vigorous scrubbing may seem like the best idea, but it can be damaging to your teeth and gums. You should be using a toothbrush with soft bristles with a gentle amount of pressure. You want to be able clean your teeth, but not press so hard that you damage your sensitive gum tissue or lead to enamel erosion.

Brushing Right After You Eat or Drink

The when is just as important as the how long and how for brushing your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking, especially something acid, can lead to enamel erosion. It is best to wait before you brush. In the meantime, sip on some water or chew sugarless gum to help move along harmful bacteria.

Do you do any of these things?

Improve your toothbrush habits in 2019. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.