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By David J Campbell DDS
January 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

While brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an important step to maintaining your oral health, how you brush your teeth is also just as important. Our White Lake family dentist practice debunks the top five myths we often hear regarding tooth brushing.

Myth 1: Stiffer toothbrush bristles are better.

If you think firm toothbrush bristles are the best option, think again. The American Dental Association recommends using soft toothbrush bristles instead. These bristles are less likely to irritate or damage your gums.

Myth 2: Electric toothbrushes are best.

As long as you’re brushing - and brushing properly - either a traditional toothbrush or electric one will do. Some of our White Lake family dentist patients find using an electric toothbrush easier. This includes patients who may have arthritis or who have difficulty manipulating the toothbrush.

Myth 3: It doesn’t matter how long you brush.

Simply swiping a toothbrush over your teeth does not mean they are clean. Aim to brush for at least two minutes at a time to most effectively brush your teeth.

Myth 4: Always start brushing in the same place.

While it’s good to be in the habit of brushing, you should try to mix up where you start brushing. This helps you to be more conscious of how you are brushing and ensures you brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Myth 5: You don’t need to floss if you brush regularly.

Even if you brush like a professional, you still need to floss. Flossing can get in hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush may not be able to access. Taking the time to floss regularly is just as important as brushing regularly.

For more information on preventive dental care or to make a dentist’s appointment, please call our White Lake family dentist office at (248) 887-8387.