Tooth Brushing Mistakes: Are You Brushing Effectively?

Throughout each day, we put our teeth through a lot. Whether it’s morning coffee, sugary snacks, or a can of soda, we pose threats to the health of our teeth and gums constantly.  The importance of brushing our teeth is clear. However, in order to truly give our teeth a good cleaning, we need to avoid tooth brushing mistakes. Not only will these mistakes lessen the effectiveness of our tooth brushing efforts, they could also do more harm than good for our teeth.

At the office of Robert Rosenfeld DDS, we strive to provide our patients with the best in dental care, and that includes supplying them with valuable and useful information. The tooth brushing mistakes to follow are quite common and if you are guilty of any, you’ll want to improve your efforts and technique. Take a moment to learn how you could be brushing ineffectively.

Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes

It may be surprising, but there are plenty of ways you could be brushing incorrectly.  These tooth brushing mistakes don’t only lessen the effectiveness of your efforts, some could even  do damage to your teeth. Better your oral hygiene regimen and avoid the often-made mistakes to follow:

  • Over brushing: You don’t need to brush your teeth with excessive force, as this could be harmful to your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard could result in swollen and bleeding gums or grooves in your tooth enamel. Be gentle you are only disrupting the bacterial colony formation, not cleaning the grout.
  • Brushing less than 2 minutes: Brushing any less than two minutes will decrease the effectiveness of your brushing. For a thorough cleaning, set your timer for two minutes and ensure you brush the full time and reach all the tooth surfaces.
  • Not renewing your brush: You should get a new toothbrush every 2-3 months, as it’ll start accumulating bacteria on the handle and bristles. If you have had a recent cold, you should get renew your toothbrush as well.
  • Improperly storing your brush: Similar to that above, you need to store your toothbrush in a clean place. Storing it on the counter leaves it susceptible to airborne bacteria. Keep it in a drawer or use a cover.
  • Skipping the tongue: Brushing your tongue is always necessary, yet many patients tend to skip it. You need to ensure you’re eliminating all bacteria, and that includes the surface of your tongue, which harbors a great deal of bacteria.
  • Brushing right after a meal: Surprisingly, it’s recommended you wait 30 minutes after a meal before brushing. After eating, the pH in your mouth increases and becomes acidic, and you could damage tooth enamel by brushing too soon.
  • Using the wrong technique: Brushing isn’t as simple as grabbing your brush and scrubbing. Make circular patterns and move the bristles up and down NEVER back and forth. As you brush, and keep your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth to reach gums.

Toothbrushing Tips

Clearly, tooth brushing mistakes are easily made, but if you know how to brush properly, you can easily improve your efforts. In addition to avoiding those tooth brushing mistakes listed above, take a look below for some helpful tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day: once before bed and again when you wake up.
  • Start brushing in a different area each time. This way, you won’t fall into the same pattern, which could be missing certain areas.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to avoid brushing too hard.

Don’t Forget Cleanings with Dr. Rosenfeld!

There’s no denying the power of brushing your teeth, but these tooth brushing mistakes certainly need to be avoided to achieve a thorough brush. Next time you reach for your brush, remember these tips and ensure you’re brushing properly. Also, don’t forget to visit Dr. Rosenfeld in Solana Beach every six months for a checkup and teeth cleaning. In our office, Dr. Rosenfeld and his helpful team can assess your mouth, check for issues, and give your teeth a solid cleaning.

If you need to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 858.755.1189 or contact us here.

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"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course."


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"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course." Adena F.

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"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team."

Allan C. 

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"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team." Allan C. 

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"Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are absolutely AMAZING.  I have a fear of dentists and dentistry, but Dr. Rosenfeld and his outstanding team went the extra mile to make sure that I felt comfortable, reassured me that they would do anything and everything to take great care of me, and never made me feel anything but a very valued patient.  I never knew that an office would go so far to help me get through some challenging (at least for me) dental procedures.  Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for this office.  If only all businesses could provide the same level of customer service..  Oh, did I forget to mention that their work is top notch.  Worth every penny!" Kevin B.

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