5 Common Toothbrush Mistakes Too Many People Make

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There’s no denying how important your toothbrush is, but you’d be surprised by some of the extremely common toothbrush mistakes people make every day. To help you be in the know and to not keep making these mistakes, Smile Workshop is sharing the 5 most common toothbrush mistakes.

1. Not Giving it Enough Time

One mistake many of us make is not brushing our teeth for a long enough period of time. It’s recommended that you brush for at least two minutes every time. The best way to make sure that every area is getting plenty of attention is to divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds focusing on each section.

2. Improper Storage

Most everyone stores their toothbrush in the bathroom, which as we know isn’t exactly the cleanest place in the house. To keep your toothbrush tidy, make sure to store it a safe distance from the toilet and keep it in a holder.

3. Using the Wrong Toothbrush

When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush, there are so many options out there it can be hard to know which one is right for you. While all toothbrushes will clean your teeth, you need to find one that will do it comfortably. If you have sensitive gums, then you’ll want to pick a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

4. Using an Old Toothbrush

You should never use a toothbrush for more than 3 months. Frayed or broken bristles won’t be able to clean your teeth as well. If you’re unsure of what toothbrush you should get, just ask one of our family dentists when you come in for your teeth cleaning.

5. Starting in the Same Spot

Do you always start brushing your teeth in the same place? If you do, you’re in the majority. However, it’s better to mix it up and start in different places. This is because you may slip into autopilot when you’re brushing and may not be paying as much attention to the areas you brush last.

Don’t let yourself keep making these toothbrush mistakes! If you have other questions about the proper and improper way to brush your teeth, simply ask the friendly dentist at your local Smile Workshop.

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