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5 Brushing Habits That You Need To Stop Marietta, GA

5 Brushing Habits That You Need To Stop

Your dental hygiene routine is very important; your dental health directly impacts your overall health. However, there may be a few habits you engage in when it comes to brushing that need to stop. Although your intentions may be good, be sure to avoid these five harmful brushing habits for a healthier smile:

  1. Brushing too quick
    The American Dental Association recommends that you brush for two minutes, twice a day for optimal oral health. However, many people fall short of this time period. Set a timer for yourself if it helps you to get to the full two-minute mark before you spit and rinse.
  2. Brushing too hard
    Harder is not always better when it comes to brushing your teeth. Food debris, acids, bacteria and even plaque are all easily removed with a gentle brushing stroke. Using too much force against your teeth will cause damage to your tooth enamel, which can be permanent and weaken your teeth. Choose a toothbrush that is soft-bristled and not abrasive.
  3. Brushing too soon
    This may be surprising, but there are times when brushing can do more damage than good. If you have recently consumed an acidic food or beverage (such as orange juice or even coffee), you need to wait at least 30 minutes before picking up your toothbrush. Brushing too soon will only result in an abrasive scrubbing of acids against your tooth enamel. Instead rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugar-free gum to keep your dentin layer protected until it is safe to brush.
  4. Brushing Not flossing
    If you consider your dental hygiene routine complete after brushing, you are making a huge mistake. Always remember to floss too! You are missing up to 35% of your tooth’s surface when you neglect to floss.
  5. Brushing Your Teeth Only
    If you frequently suffer from bad breath, it may be because you are only brushing your teeth. Be sure to include all surfaces of your tongue in your brushing habits, as this will eliminate a large amount of bacteria that is likely responsible for your bad breath.

Your at-home dental hygiene routine is not the only step you need to take for a healthy smile. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a professional, routine cleaning and exam. Your dentist may also be able to detect any bad brushing habits before it is too late.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

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I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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