Most people understand the importance of brushing their teeth every day, but how you brush your teeth is equally important. If you brush your teeth correctly, you should have many years of happy, healthy teeth. But if you brush them incorrectly, you could actually be doing more harm than good.
Here are some of the mistakes you might be making when brushing your teeth.
Targeting The Teeth
While it is important to brush the surface of each tooth, it’s actually more important to target the line where your gums and teeth meet. The gumline is where plaque most often builds up and becomes tartar. When you brush, make sure you’re focusing on this area.
Brushing Back And Forth
Many people brush their teeth by scrubbing them horizontally back and forth. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it generally leads to poor form. When brushing with this motion, it is more difficult to target the gumline and, if you do, it is easy to brush too hard. Remember to use a circular motion when you brush—the upward stroke against the gumline is the best motion for removing plaque.
Brushing Too Hard
While your teeth can withstand some hard brushing, your gums are too soft for aggressive brushing or hard toothbrushes. Since you should be targeting your gumline, you need to take the softness of your gums into consideration when you choose the hardness of your toothbrush and how hard you brush. For the record, we always recommend soft toothbrushes for this reason!
Remember that brushing your teeth is all about removing plaque, which is a soft substance that is easily brushed away. If you feel something on your teeth that doesn’t come off with normal, relaxed brushing, it’s probably about time for a visit to Dr. Zenon.