Brush Away Every Day: 3 Bad Habits to Break For Healthier Teeth

Oral Hygiene Tampa FL Brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to shield your teeth from harmful germs and bacteria that cause oral issues like cavities and gingivitis. However, as one of those things that you’ve been doing for your entire life, you may be in the habit of some bad habits that aren’t doing your teeth any favors. From not applying the right amount of pressure when you’re brushing your teeth to not brushing for long enough, let’s take a closer look at three bad habits you should break.

The Right Amount of Pressure

Applying too much pressure or not applying enough pressure are two habits that you are going to want to break. You want to apply enough pressure on your teeth to get rid of plaque and tartar, but you don’t want to apply so much pressure that your gums start to bleed.

Brushing While You Do Other Things

Are you one of those people who like to multitask while they brush their teeth? Do you like to do laundry, type on your computer, or look at your phone while you are brushing your teeth? Although you may be getting a lot of other things done, you are likely not spending as much time brushing your teeth as you think. Try only brushing your teeth— that way you know that you are giving your mouth the attention it deserves.

The Right Amount of Time

Did you know that you should be brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time? Do you remember the last time you brushed your teeth for that long? Try setting a timer on your phone so that you get the solid two minutes.

Try breaking these bad habits for a healthier smile. To learn more about your oral hygiene, schedule your next appointment at Gentle Dentistry today: 813-922-3093.

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