The Area of Your Teeth You’re Probably Forgetting to Brush

Oral health, brushing your teeth

One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to brush regularly, using the proper technique. Rohnert Park dentist Wayne Sutton would like to offer a recommendation that may help you brush better and prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental health problems. Here, he sheds light on a very common brushing problem: forgetting an entire section of the teeth.

Many people are great about brushing the outsides of the tooth surfaces that face the lips, but not as diligent about brushing the insides of the tooth surfaces that face the tongue and palate. It is easy to skip this part of the mouth because the inside surfaces of the teeth are nearly impossible to see in the mirror. However, the insides of the teeth are just as susceptible to harboring food particles, bacteria and other debris as the outer surfaces. Failing to properly brush this area of the mouth allows bacteria to build up and turn into plaque and tartar, causing serious dental problems.

Other Mistakes You Might Be Making

  • Not brushing long enough – You should aim to brush for a full two minutes, twice a day. Spend approximately one minute on the top teeth and one minute on the bottom teeth. Thirty seconds should be spent brushing the outside surfaces of the teeth and another 30 seconds on the inside surfaces of the teeth.
  • Brushing too vigorously – Be mindful of the pressure you apply when brushing your teeth. Too much pressure can be damaging to gum tissue, and too little pressure may not remove plaque and bacteria. Aim for short strokes using moderate pressure, which should get the job done without bending or crushing the bristles of the brush too much. Brushing should feel gentle and repetitive, not like aggressive scrubbing.

Our dental team would be happy to demonstrate proper brushing technique during your next exam and cleaning. We believe it’s a good idea for everyone to reacquaint themselves with the basics of brushing and other oral hygiene habits, in order to enjoy healthy smiles for life.

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