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Many people brush their teeth in many ways, and we tend to share our techniques and pick up habits from other people. Although this can be a good thing, there are poor and unnecessary brushing habits that don’t help your smile as much as you think they do. So, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta would like to tell you about those habits and offer advice so you can have the best brushing technique for your teeth and gums.

The first habit is brushing your teeth with your mouth open. You likely picked this habit up when you were younger because it helped you monitor your brushing progress. However, you don’t need to keep your mouth open when you scrub. If you close your mouth, you’ll have an easier time brushing the back teeth, you’ll gag less (if this is an issue you struggle with), and your mirror will be much cleaner because there won’t be toothpaste flecks flying everywhere.

The second habit is rinsing your mouth with water when you’re done brushing. Rinsing washes the helpful toothpaste chemicals that need time to seep into the enamel and help the teeth. But, if you let them sit in your mouth for a period of time, your teeth can be stronger for it. So, instead of rinsing your mouth immediately after brushing, just spit out the toothpaste and go on your merry way.

The third habit is keeping your toothbrush out on the bathroom counter. This is a popular place to have the toothbrush, but it’s not necessarily the best place. In fact, when your toothbrush is on the counter all day, it collects bacteria, especially if it’s by the toilet. So, it’s best to keep your toothbrush in the bathroom cupboard or closet or even on your bedroom nightstand.

For more information on unnecessary brushing habits in Seattle, Washington, please call Rainier Dental Center at 206.329.1100 when you get the chance because our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!