Daily routines are certainly difficult habits to break, especially when it comes to one as common as brushing your teeth. Here at Balle and Associates, we want you to have the best oral health in all of Las Vegas, that’s why we’ve compiled 5 suggestions to help you break all your bad teeth brushing habits. 

 

1 – You’re brushing too hard.

If you’re like the majority of teeth brushers, you probably mix up hard brushing and effective brushing. They might sound like the same thing, but we can assure you they are not. Vigorously brushing your teeth like you’re trying to scrape glue off of them will only do damage to your teeth. Brushing too hard damages the enamel on your teeth and can even hurt your gums. Try to ease up on the aggressiveness next time you brush your pearly whites. 

 

2 – You don’t watch what you’re doing. 

So you’re a social brusher, you’re the person who walks around the house while you brush your teeth. It’s very tempting to multitask while brushing your teeth, but chances are, you’re not cleaning your teeth as well as you could. Next time you brush, look yourself in the mirror and focus on all the different areas that you are brushing. Covering all sides of your teeth as well as the gumline will result in better overall health. 

 

3 – You neglect to brush before bedtime. 

After a long day, it’s tempting to just forgo your nightly oral hygiene routine and just jump right into bed. Before you do so, have you considered just how much damage that could do to your teeth? Several uninterrupted hours of bacteria and food could wreak havoc in your mouth, causing excess plaque and tooth decay. So the next time you’re tempted to just hop into bed, take a couple of minutes and brush your teeth!

 

4 – You fail at regular flossing. 

Flossing, there’s a reason that we keep bringing it up, it’s crucial to your oral health! Sneaky bacteria and food can easily hide between your teeth and elude your daily brushing habits. Flossing gets that grime out so you don’t have little protected pockets of decay scattered throughout your mouth.

 

5 – Your toothbrush is too old.

Bristles are great for cleaning your teeth, but they’re not indestructible. Worn or frayed bristles make your toothbrush less effective at cleaning plaque and grime from your mouth. Not to mention, broken bristles are the perfect place for bacteria to grow. Do yourself a favor and switch out your toothbrush every three to four months.

 

Balle & Associates provides important pre and post-operation instructions along with proper cleaning and oral hygiene information such as flossing, brushing, and diet. Along with being a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, Nevada Dental Association, and a delegate for Southern Nevada Dental Society, Dr. Peter S. Balle has advanced training in dental implants and surgically places and restores dental implants. Balle & Associates cosmetic and general dentistry of Las Vegas, Nevada would be glad to answer any of your questions about any of the dental techniques and information on our website. For more information, please tour our site or call us at (702) 919-7719 to schedule your Free 15 Minute Consultation with Dr. Balle.