Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2019 | Mouth Healthy

Break these bad brushing habits in 2019 for a healthier mouth and smile!

 

Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long

The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, so make a resolution to change your toothbrush with every season this year. Frayed and broken bristles won’t keep your teeth clean—these are signs it’s time to let go.

 

Not Brushing Long Enough

Speed demons, listen up! Your teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day. Most of us fall short —the average time most people spend brushing is 45 seconds. If you’re racing through cleaning, try setting a timer.

 

Brushing Too Hard

Be gentle with your teeth. You may think brushing harder will remove more leftover food and the bacteria that loves to eat it, but a gentle brushing is all that’s needed. Too much pressure may damage your gums.

 

Brushing Right After Eating

If you feel the need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking, wait at least 60 minutes before brushing—especially if you have had something acidic like lemons, grapefruit or soda. Drink water or chew sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to help clean your mouth while you are waiting to brush.

 

Storing Your Brush Improperly

When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry in the open. Avoid keeping your toothbrush in a closed container, where germs have more opportunity to grow.

 

Using a Brush with Hard Bristles

Soft bristles are a safe bet. And be mindful to be gentle, especially where your gums and teeth meet, as you brush. Talk to your dentist about what kind of toothbrush is best for you.

 

Improper Brushing Technique

Here’s one technique to try for a thorough brush: First, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Next, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finally, To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

 

Using a Brush That’s Not the Best Fit for You

There are many toothbrushes that can leave your teeth fresh and clean, including manual and power brushes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Both get the job done. Try different types until you find one you’re comfortable with. For example, a power brush can be easier to hold and does some of the work for you if you have trouble brushing.

 

 

— Ersland Family Dentistry

 

Source: 8 Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2019

 

Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist | Everyday Health

Study found this type of treatment helped many overcome phobias about dental visits.

Source: Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist | Everyday Health

There are quite a handful of people who are afraid of the dentist. It is a common fear but one you should learn to overcome. The dentist is there to help you keep your oral health in top shape and it really is not a scary place to be. This article talks about how to tackle this fear!

Dr. Ryan Ersland
Ersland Family Dental
www.anchoragedentist.com

 

Brushing only partly protects children’s teeth – BBC News

A study of almost 4,000 pre-school children shows snacking habits are most strongly associated with decay.

Source: Brushing only partly protects children’s teeth – BBC News

Dental decay in children’s teeth have shown to be more prevalent when snacking all day rather than just eating 3 meals in the day. It also shows that brushing does not fully protect children’s teeth. Check out this article to find out more.

-Ersland Family Dental

Healthy Gums, Healthy Body | Synapse

It’s likely that you evaluate the status of your teeth on a daily basis. You smile in front of the mirror to pinpoint any stains, plaque, or stubborn food particles that have found a new home between your teeth.

Source: Healthy Gums, Healthy Body | Synapse

Do you ever wonder why your gums bleed or what that even means? Keeping your gums healthy is very important to your overall health. Gums should actually not bleed even when poked and prodded at. To learn more about your gums, check out this article above.

-Ersland Family Dental

Sit, stay, brush: Golden retriever helps teach kids oral hygiene habits in Kentucky

Dr. Matthew Riley knows elementary school students aren’t usually captivated by spiels on oral hygiene.

Source: Sit, stay, brush: Golden retriever helps teach kids oral hygiene habits in Kentucky

If this doesn’t gets kids to brush their teeth, I don’t know what will. A golden retriever helps teach kids oral hygiene habits in Kentucky. Check out this article to read more about this!

-Ersland Family Dental

Best Foods for Healthy Teeth | Everyday Health

Is what you eat good for your teeth? Find out which foods help promote healthy teeth and gums.

Source: Best Foods for Healthy Teeth | Everyday Health

Do you know if what you have been eating is good for your teeth? Here are some of the best food/drinks for strong, healthy teeth.

-Ersland Family Dental

Sealants – American Dental Association

 

Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Source: Sealants – American Dental Association

Have you or someone you know had to get sealants or need to get them in the near future? They are not a scary subject and this article gives you great insight and what is to come when it comes to sealants.

-Ersland Family Dental

Dental Myths, Debunked | Everyday Health

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Separate fact from fiction.

Source: Dental Myths, Debunked | Everyday Health

If you have heard or believed dental myths such as these, “Gum disease is only a problem for your mouth” or “When it comes to cavities, sugar is the main culprit” you should check out this article. It goes over many dental myths and explains what the real deal is.

-Ersland Family Dental

5 ways to pack your kids a healthier lunch – Delta Dental

These tips will help you pack a lunch even your child’s dentist will approve of.

Source: 5 ways to pack your kids a healthier lunch – Delta Dental

Great tips to keep your kids healthy while they are away at school.

-Ersland Family Dental

Mouthguards Prevent Dental Injuries – Association

Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. Mouthguards prevent dental injuries

Source: Mouthguards Prevent Dental Injuries – Association

April is Facial Protection Month! Make sure you and your loved ones are properly protected when playing sports. Talk to your dentist about when is the right time to replace your mouthguard, but replace it immediately if it shows sign of wear, is damaged or ill fitting.

-Ersland Family Dental