First, here are 6 elementary brushing mistakes that can impact dental health at any age:
1. Using your toothbrush for too long
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush or replacing your brush head every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Add a new toothbrush or a new brush head to your back-to-school shopping list!
2. Not brushing long enough
The American Dental Association has this sage advice: brush with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, two times a day.
3. Skipping the dental floss
Plaque builds up between your teeth; flossing removes the plaque brushing can’t reach. Using a water flosser like Waterpik® is a fast, easy and effective way to help remove plaque and food debris, especially for people with braces, implants and dental work.
4. Not brushing the tongue
Bacteria builds up on your tongue, but gently brushing or scraping your tongue when you brush can keep it in check.
5. Using an incorrect brushing technique
Brushing back and forth? Or too hard? Adjusting your technique can remove more plaque with less damage to your enamel.
Brushing Tip: When using an electric or battery-powered toothbrush like the Spinbrush™ PRO CLEAN, turn it on, hold the bristles against your teeth and glide it across—it does all of the work for you.
6. Not going to the dentist
Missing a professional cleaning and checkup at the dentist can leave unknown problems unchecked. Schedule a dental appointment as part of your back-to-school prep!