As a cosmetic dentist in San Ramon, we see a number of patients with a variety of different dental issues. No matter what sort of oral health challenge you may face, one thing we will always stress is brushing your teeth at home. Though these efforts on your own may be with good intention, there is a chance you are doing more harm than good to your teeth. To make sure you are getting the best out of your brush, here are a few "blunders" to avoid and be conscious of:
The number one mistake patients make while brushing their teeth is the time they spend doing it. It is recommended you brush twice daily for a minimum of two minutes per session. Bringing a timer into the bathroom or having an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer are some ways to make sure you go the distance in the right time frame.
But what is all of that time spent brushing if the technique is not there? Make sure you hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth and brush in small circles, hitting a few teeth at a time. Cover all surfaces of the tooth and don't forget to touch up the gum line, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Also, take into consideration how hard and with type of brush you are using. Refusing to use a "soft bristle" brush or going at your teeth and gums too aggressively can lead to damage and various escalating issues.
If you have any questions about your brushing habits or feel that yours have been a detriment to your teeth, please make an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in San Ramon by calling (925) 804-6440 or CLICKING HERE.