I’m a dentist and you’ve been brushing your teeth all wrong – here’s how you should be doing it

IT IS part of our daily routine and you may think you’ve mastered the technique of brushing your teeth.

But one dentist has warned that you could actually be cleaning your pearly whites incorrectly.

Dentist Anna Peterson said people may not use an electric toothbrush properly

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Dentist Anna Peterson said people may not use an electric toothbrush properlyCredit: tiktok/annapetersondental

On TikTok, dentist Anna Peterson said that those of you who use an electric toothbrush should be aware.

Posting on the social media platform, she said you should never scrub your teeth clean with an electric toothbrush.

She explained: “Imagine you’ve taken your car to a car wash.

“If you rush through the car wash, your car won’t get clean.

“Now you could just keep driving back and forth and your car would be a little cleaner.

“But if you park your car and let the car wash bristles do the work, your car will be very clean.”

She said this is exactly the same principle to remember when it comes to using an electric toothbrush.

“Slow down, let the brush do its job,” she added.

Another expert previously said that you should avoid brushing your teeth too hard as it could do more harm than good.

dentist dr Alfonso Rao, or Define Clinic, Beaconsfield, Bucks, said it’s important to find a balance between brushing effectively and not applying too much pressure, as this can have adverse effects and damage the enamel surface of the teeth.

“The goal of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque, which can usually form within 24 hours.

“This can be done by gently massaging the teeth and gums.

“Brushing too hard can damage the soft tissue and tooth surface.

“Only gentle pressure should be applied – electric toothbrushes work very well as most of them now have light activators that turn red if you brush too hard,” he added.

His comments echo those of cosmetic dentist and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dr. Hannah Kinsella, who said how you brush your teeth could make a difference when it comes to their health and whiteness.

She said: “Rather than aggressively brushing your teeth with a hard grip – which can be a natural reaction – try holding your toothbrush at the very end and using a grip as if you were holding a pen.

“This reduces the pressure on the brush and teeth, protecting them from damage. All of these things can contribute to whiter teeth!”

https://www.the-sun.com/health/7090768/dentist-youve-brushing-teeth-wrong-how/ I’m a dentist and you’ve been brushing your teeth all wrong – here’s how you should be doing it

Emma James

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