Dentist South Orange Common Mistakes While Brushing

East Orange NJ Dentist shares the common errors made by all of us while brushing our teeth

What looks easy takes practice and the brushing of teeth is no exception. There are some common errors that everyone makes when using the toothbrush that your East Orange NJ dentist would like to address today.


First Error

The first error is that of flossing after you brush your teeth. Logically, if the objective of brushing the teeth is to remove food particles, then floss first and get all the particles out of their ‘hiding spots’. This will enable the fluoride in the toothpaste to get into all nooks and crannies of your teeth. 


Second Error

The next common error is that of brushing too hard. This can wreak havoc on that sensitive tooth enamel. Do not use the brush as you would a saw to cut wood, going back and forth, but work the movement in tooth-wide circles. The bristles of the brush should be soft, regardless of what manufacturers put on the shelf of medium and hard bristles. Unless your East Orange NJ dentist recommends a hard or medium bristle for your teeth, soft bristle brushes are the way to go to protect those tender gums and sensitive enamel. 

Third Error 

Time goes by so fast and there is so much to do that we forget to check how the tooth bristles are faring and wearing from their repetitive use. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three months. Place a small piece of white tape on the brush and mark the date you began using if it helps remind.


Fourth Error 

Another common error is squeezing out too much paste or gel onto the brush. You need only a pea-size amount, about half the small tooth surface.


Fifth Error  
Last, but not least, in terms of brushing error of teeth is forgetting to bring the brush to the tongue, and brushing in a forward motion in order to pull all bacteria forward as you perform final step in the cleaning process — rinsing with a therapeutic antiseptic oral rinse. Be sure oral mouthwash is alcohol-free so as not to dry the mouth. Saliva is an important ingredient in ridding the mouth of the bacterial plaque.
Keep doing habitually and the ‘perfection’ will come. If you have any questions or would like to learn how you can improve the quality of your dental care, then feel free to contact us at (973) 763-7289.