8 Sloppy Toothbrushing Habits Causing Cavities and Gum Disease

Dental Implants Treatment, Des MoinesYou may be brushing your teeth twice every day, but you may still be leaving yourself vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Often times, many patients are surprised when they come in for a check-up, and cavities or issues with their oral hygiene are found.  They usually defend themselves by saying that they brush regularly every day. The truth of the matter is that you could have that habit of brushing regularly, but are you brushing the way that you’re supposed to?

 Here are eight sloppy habits to be aware of when brushing your teeth:

 Not Brushing Daily

Refusing to brush your teeth every day leaves your mouth vulnerable to a host of bacteria. This bacteria leaves behind residue called plaque.

Not Brushing Completely Enough

Brushing your teeth can be a pain, but don’t rush through it. It generally takes three to five minutes to brush your teeth completely enough to prevent cavities. Stay vigilant in this respect.

Not Using the Right Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are made for everyone’s mouth. Only certain toothbrushes can reach those hard to reach places that many people often struggle to reach, even with flossing.

Using the Wrong Bristles

Ensure that the bristles you are using are strong enough to scrape away the junk that you’ve accumulated at meal time.

Not Changing Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush draws its functionality from the bristles. As soon as you notice the bristles beginning to bend out of place or fall out while brushing, replace your toothbrush. This generally happens every six months.

 Not Brushing After Meals

It’s important to brush your teeth after every meal. Otherwise, food particles invite bacteria to move in until we can brush again.

 Brushing Too Often

Brushing your teeth too often can scrape away the enamel of the tooth overtime, leading to sensitivity in the teeth and inviting bacteria. Apply light pressure with the brush at an angle against the gums.

 Not Brushing the Inside

There are two sides to your teeth. Neglecting to brush the inside of your teeth leaves our mouth vulnerable to bacteria and may lead to plaque and tartar in places very difficult to reach at home.

 Did any of these sloppy habits apply to you? If so, make a conscious effort to change your habits as soon as you can!

Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry, is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community. Plaza Dental Group has built a reputation for excellence and its close doctor-patient relationships, which has made them one of the premier offices of Iowa dentists
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8 Sloppy Toothbrushing Habits Causing Cavities and Gum Disease
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8 Sloppy Toothbrushing Habits Causing Cavities and Gum Disease
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We never know that a little leniency in our brushing habit can affect our oral health leading to gum disease and cavities.
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