This week's blog is a special request from Phoebe with her personal experience. "I (Phoebe) have always thought there is no "proper" technique when it comes to brushing my teeth. All my life, I have been brushing my teeth using a firm toothbrush, because it felt cleaner, with more than enough strength thinking brushing harder will remove all the buildup. Boy was I wrong! Not only I was brushing and flossing incorrectly, but using the wrong toothbrush. It was not until a few years ago, that I was corrected on my brushing technique. I realized then I may not be the only one who is accustomed to incorrect brushing and flossing."Upon Phoebe's request, we have researched some common mistakes patients make when it comes to brushing their teeth.
1. Using the wrong toothbrush. Hard or firm bristled toothbrushes can wear away the tooth enamel, which cannot regrow. This will result in vulnerability to bacterial infection which may result in tooth decay.
2. Brushing too hard. Exerting too much pressure does not mean you are removing extra plaque or calculus, however, it may wear down your enamel and may result in gum recession.
3. Not brushing long enough. It is recommended to brush your teeth for 2 minutes to remove a decent amount of plaque.
4. Forgetting to floss. Brushing may remove the plaque and food debris from the front & back of the tooth, however, without proper flossing, there is still infection-causing plaque remaining in between the teeth, which we call interdental space.
5. Forgetting to clean your tongue. Your tongue can trap various bacteria, leading to bad breath, and teeth & gum infections. After brushing your teeth, remember to clean your tongue using your toothbrush or a tongue cleaner.
6. Using the wrong toothpaste. Each patient is built differently. A toothpaste that works for one person may not be a suitable choice for others. It is recommended to ask your dentist what type of toothpaste will be best for you based on your oral microbiome.
At Seattle Dental Care, our holistic dentist will routinely monitor oral microbiome by analyzing the plaque under microscope and monitor pH levels to recommend a home care regimen personalized to your health. We will recommend any necessary tooth demineralization technique to help you prevent possible cavities. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about your oral microbiome, contact us.