4 Bad Brushing Habits to Avoid in 2020

Brushing Habits
Written by Nancy

Just like every other thing, there’s a right and wrong way to brush your teeth.

Our dentists tell us all the time that regular brushing is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum diseases.

But what if the way you brush puts you at a higher risk of developing dental problems?

Here are some brushing habits that you must avoid in order to keep your pearly whites happy, sparkly, and healthy!

Using the Same Toothbrush for a Long Period

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a toothbrush should never be used for more than three months. If the bristles of your tooth wear off before this time period, consider replacing it with a new one. This is because frayed bristles cannot clean out the nooks and crevices in your teeth, leading to tooth decay and cavities.

Note: When you’re out, shopping for a new toothbrush, make sure you only purchase one with an ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Brushing for Too Long or Too Short

ADA recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes to ensure proper cleaning. Research has shown that brushing for two minutes can remove plaque more effectively than brushing for 45 seconds the way most Americans do.

Not Using a Fluoride Toothpaste

Research has shown that using fluoride toothpaste is extremely good for oral health. The clinical study carried out by GlaxoSmithKline found that using toothpaste containing fluoride reduced chances of tooth remineralization, tooth decay, and cavities in children of 4-5 years.

Brushing in a Rush

There are numerous ways to brush teeth based on what may suit people, but it’s always ineffective if you rush it. ADA suggests the right way for brushing teeth: placing the brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gum line, and gently stroking up and down vertically, then back and forth to make sure the brush reaches every corner of your mouth.

Sharing Your Toothbrush

It may be common sense for you, but there are a lot of people who share toothbrushes. According to a research report by Oral health Foundation and Philips, 55 percent of younger adults are willing to do it.  No matter how much you love your partner, using their toothbrush isn’t healthy for either one of you. Sharing toothbrushes results in an exchange of certain microorganisms that may lead to several health issues.

For more expert advice on improving oral hygiene, get in touch with reliable dentists in Germantown at Advanced Dental Clinic. The clinic offers a variety of high-quality dental services for children and adults alike.

To schedule an appointment, call at (301) 353-8890.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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