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When you do something over and over, it is easy to let the quality slip. This definitely applies to the habit of brushing teeth! Over time, we often let bad habits sneak into our routine. Unfortunately, our smiles suffer for it. Here are some bad habits to root out of your oral hygiene routine.

Don’t Keep Your Toothbrush for Too Long: Toothbrushes are made to be used for a little while, then thrown away and replaced. If you have had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, it’s time to get a new one. If your brush has worn out or frayed bristles, or has been contaminated in any way, replace it immediately. Some people also choose to replace their toothbrush after they have been sick.

Don’t Speed Through Brushing: One study showed that the average time people spend brushing their teeth is about 45 seconds. The American Dental Association, however, recommends brushing for two full minutes, twice a day! If you are rushing through your brushing time, try setting a timer, or turning on your favorite song and humming along.

Don’t Brush Too Hard: If you use a stiff-bristled toothbrush or harsh pressure to scour the plaque and food away from your teeth, you run the risk of damaging your tooth enamel and gum tissues. Think “massage” rather than “scrub.” That way the plaque and debris can be removed from your teeth and gums, without injuring your tissues.

For more information, call Bayview Dental Care in Staten Island, New York, at 718-273-8686. Dr. Marcia Greene and our team look forward to making your smile shine!