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Our Sunshine Dental Group team has seen firsthand how vital good daily oral hygiene is to a healthy smile. In fact, your daily efforts are crucial to protecting your smile between your six-month professional dental cleanings in Commerce, California.

Since brushing is the key to any cleaning routine, today we would like to share with you our brushing guidelines to avoid making common brushing mistakes.

Mistake #1: Please don’t brush your chompers with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Soft bristles effectively loosen oral debris and plaque from beneath the gumline and along the teeth without harming either in the process.

Mistake #2: Big toothbrush heads which don’t fit easily in your mouth are not only cumbersome but inefficient. A smaller toothbrush head which fits perfectly in your mouth lets your molars and hard to reach areas of the teeth.

Mistake #3: Keeping your toothbrush around when the bristles lose their shape. Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles fray. Also, if you have had a cold or other contagious illness, replace your toothbrush to avoid recontamination.

Mistake #4: If you are scouring your teeth harshly you could be harming your tooth enamel and inviting gum recession. Gently clean your teeth to rid yourself of oral debris and harmful plaque without harming your smile.

Mistake #5: Don’t cut back on brushing times. Even on the days where you feel rushed, brush at least two minutes, 2-3 times daily.

Mistake #6: Contamination is real with toothbrushes, so don’t share yours with anyone. Store it upright and let it air dry between uses to limit bacterial growth.

Mistake #7: Are you sawing at your teeth in a left to right motion as you brush? Change to brushing up and down in tiny, circular motions, beginning at the gumline. Give all tooth surfaces some attention; the backs, tops, and fronts.

Mistake #8: Are you neglecting your gums? Since bacteria thrive along the gumline and gum crevices, take time to clean them along with your teeth. It helps to keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline while cleaning.

Mistake #9: Brushing right after eating can harm your chompers. Acids from food can soften tooth enamel, so it is best to brush 15-20 minutes after eating. By doing this, your saliva has a chance to neutralize the acids before you brush. If you can’t wait, at least rinse well with water beforehand.

And finally, at least once every day, use your full routine: brush, floss, and rinse your smile with an oral rinse to remove bacteria. Many patients like to do this at bedtime.

If you are ready to schedule a visit with Dr. Jorge de la Osa, please call us at 323.266.2120. Our entire dental team is here to help you with all your oral care needs.