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There are some brushing habits that you might have picked up that seem reasonable and helpful. However, most of the time that is not the case. In fact, there are a few common habits that many people have that don’t quite do much for the smile. Dr. Drs. Nichols and Cicmanec is happy to talk about those things.

The first habit is brushing with the mouth open. You likely have this habit because of your younger years. When you were learning how to brush, you probably kept your mouth open to monitor your progress. You don’t need to do this anymore. In fact, it’s better to close your mouth while you brush to keep your toothbrush from vigorously brushing the teeth and gums. This will help you have an easier time brushing, help you gag less (if that’s a problem for you), and help you have a cleaner bathroom mirror.

The second habit is rinsing your mouth after you’re done brushing. Now, this might seem a little odd at first, but it’s better to refrain from rinsing your mouth with water after you’re done brushing. This is because it allows the fluoride and other helpful chemicals to seep into the enamel and help your teeth. It’s best if you just spit out the toothpaste and go on your merry way.

The third habit is keeping your toothbrush out on the bathroom counter. Although having a visible toothbrush helps remind you to clean your smile, there is a good chance it can gather bacteria out on the bathroom counter, especially if it is near the toilet. So, it’s best to write yourself a little note and keep the toothbrush in a closed space, like in the cupboard, or even on your bedroom nightstand.

If you have any questions about unnecessary brushing habits in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, please call Prairie Dental Center at (605) 335-8640 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is happy to help you!