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We all know how important it is to brush teeth twice every day, once in the morning and once in the evening. However, many people are not aware of the bad teeth brushing habits that they may be guilty of. Dr. Mark Anderson and our team have compiled this list of bad brushing habits to break for a healthier smile.

Toothbrush Age
If you only replace your toothbrush when you come to Anderson Dental Care, you are keeping your toothbrush for too long. A toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. Also, if a toothbrush’s bristles begin to look frayed or broken, it is time to replace it.

Brushing After Meals
If you’d like to go the extra mile and brush after meals, that’s fine. However, remember to wait 30 minutes first, especially if you had anything acidic, like soda or lemonade. You may drink water or chew sugarless gum while you wait to regain that clean, fresh feeling.

Toothbrush Drying
We advise against keeping your toothbrush in a closed container. Let your toothbrush dry upright and in the open air. This keeps germs from growing as easily.

Toothbrushing Time
The average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds, but it is recommended that people brush for a full two minutes, twice per day.

Pressure on the Teeth
Many people brush their teeth harder than is needful for an effective clean. If you brush too hard, you can damage your tooth enamel or gums. Be gentle when you brush.

Toothbrush Bristles
Toothbrushes with hard bristles can wear down the tooth enamel. Choose a brush with soft, or even extra soft, bristles to protect your smile.

We invite you to contact our dental office at (707) 425-0646 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Fairfield, California.