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We have noticed that there are several bad dental hygiene habits that many people share. Because of this, we would like to address these things and offer solutions. Our dentist and team are always happy to provide dental hygiene tips to help you improve your oral health.

Toothbrush Age

Many people fail to replace their toothbrush except when they go to the dentist. Dental appointments are usually scheduled every six months, but your toothbrush needs to be replaced more often than that. Dr. Randy Cockrell recommends that you get a new toothbrush every three to four months. Also, if your tooth brush’s bristles become worn or broken, it may need to be replaced sooner.

Brushing Pressure

Some people brush their teeth with more force than they need to. You may think that this is harmless, but it can actually harm the tooth enamel as well as the gums. Try to brush using gentle pressure to protect your teeth and gum health.

Brushing After Meals

Brushing after you eat is a good idea, but brushing immediately after may not be. This is especially true if you had something acidic. In this case, the tooth enamel would be weakened right after you eat. Because of this, we recommend that you wait about 30 minutes before brushing. Drinking water or chewing sugarless gum can help clean the mouth a little while you wait.

Toothbrush Storage

If you store your toothbrush in an enclosed place, correct your ways. Your toothbrush should be stored upright in the open air so that germs can’t grow on it as easily.

Toothbrush Bristles

Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear down tooth enamel. Because of this, our dentist in Anaheim Hills, California, recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

We welcome you to contact Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 714-974-0949 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.