toothbrushing mistakes shores family dentistry fort collins

As your local dentist, Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins cares about your teeth. We offer a variety of dental services in order to help you take care of your teeth and keep them into your senior years and beyond. From preventative care to teeth whitening and dental implants, we can help you have beautiful, healthy teeth.

Since brushing your teeth is so important to good oral health, we thought we’d share with you some common tooth brushing mistakes we see frequently. Contact us today to get started!


Never Changing Your Toothbrush or the Head of Your Electric Toothbrush

Many people use their toothbrush for much longer than they should use it for. The standard bristled toothbrush (most of which are made out of nylon) should only be used for about three months. After this the bristles become worn and frayed, and you are just not getting a decent enough brush from them. Furthermore, bacteria and tooth particles can get stuck in your toothbrush, which since the whole point of brushing your teeth is to remove harmful bacteria, it’s just not a good idea to be putting bacteria on them.

Not Brushing Your Teeth for Long Enough

This is a common toothbrushing mistake that Shores Family Dentistry sees in Fort Collins. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush for at least two minutes; yet, the average person only brushes for about 45 seconds. This is just not enough time to get all of your teeth cleaned, especially the hard to reach places. Many people will focus on teeth in the front of their mouth, but then leave the sides and the backs untouched, which can result in cavities and the like. Try getting an electric toothbrush with a timer, or invest in a timer that will time two minutes for you. It will seem like a VERY long time if you are one of the those who brushes for less time.

Storing Your Toothbrush on the Bathroom Counters

Most of us know that when you flush the toilet, small droplets of water spray up into the air, so whatever is in the toilet is carried in those droplets as well, including fecal matter. Studies have shown that about half of the toothbrushes in America have fecal matter on them from this spray. Thus, it is now being recommended that your store your toothbrush outside of the bathroom, such as your nightstand, or tucked away in your medicine cabinet. A toothbrush head cover is a great idea as well. Basically, anything that protects the head of the toothbrush from bacteria or other bad guys will work.

Not Flossing

Most Americans don’t take the time to floss, which is not good for your oral hygiene. Flossing helps to remove the plaque between your teeth where you can’t reach every well with your toothbrush. If not removed, food particles can stick in-between your teeth, which can yield harmful bacteria growth that can lead to cavities and gingivitis. Many people don’t floss either because they are pressed for time, tired and just want to go to bed, or they don’t know how to floss properly. The next time you are at your family dentist, such as Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins, ask your hygienist for a quick flossing lesson.


Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins does our very best to help you care for your teeth. We offer many dental services, including bridges, crowns, fillings, and teeth whitenings. When you come in for your bi-annual dental exam, we’ll take a look at all of your teeth to make sure nothing has changed and that there’s no warning signs of any ailment. Contact us today for your next dental exam!