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Common Toothbrushing Mistakes


Brushing your teeth two times a day is most likely your usual routine. But what if you’ve been doing it wrong all these years? Brushing has its benefits, but the best outcomes occur when you brush properly. A dental checkup at River Oaks Dental in Jacksonville, FL 32217 will give you customized dental hygiene assessment and recommendations on the best products for achieving clean white teeth, healthy gums, and fresh breath. In the mean time, read below a list of common tooth-brushing mistakes patients make and what you can do to correct these errors to ensure excellent oral health! 


  1. You brush too hard – Many people apply too much force when brushing, which could do more harm than good. Aggressive brushing could be harmful to your gums and the outer layer of your teeth (the enamel). Newer electric toothbrushes help battle this by vibrating to stop users from brushing too hard. The vibration serves as a great reminder and will only stop after the user reduces force. 

  2. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough – It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Not only do the bristles wear after extended amounts of use, but we also want to ensure you are not brushing with a bacteria filled brush. Set a reminder on your calendars to replace your toothbrush and never worry about forgetting again. 

  3. Not brushing long enough – The average person only brushes their teeth for just 45 seconds which is a minute and fifteen seconds less than what is recommended. For success in your oral health, remember to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes 2 times a day. Set a time or play some music to ensure you are spending enough time brushing. 

  4. Forgetting to brush your tongue – Just like your teeth, your tongue is a great spot to house bacteria. If your tongue is a dark red, yellow, or white color you may want to alter your brushing techniques. Achieving the uniform pinkish color is possible by brushing the surface of your tongue from back to front and using mouthrinses as part of your routine. 

  5. Storing your toothbrush improperly – Where you store your brush matters to ensure cleanliness. By enclosing the bristles of a brush in a cool and dark area, you are creating a space which germs have the opportunity to grow. After using your toothbrush, make sure to let it air dry in the open.


If you have any questions regarding your oral health or ways to improve your routines, contact our office! Dr. Monteiro and her staff love educating patients, providing tips, and recommending products for specific needs. Schedule your appointment on our website or by calling River Oaks Dental at 904.348.0416.


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