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Did you know there are many brushing habits that don’t quite help you or your smile as much as you might think they do? Well, it’s true. In fact, some habits might even harm your smile. Dr. Zack Nimri would like to help you drop these habits so you can maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums.

The first habit is keeping your mouth open when you brush. This habit is unnecessary, and it’s better to brush with your mouth closed. If you keep your mouth closed, your teeth and gums will avoid vigorous brushing, you’ll have an easier time brushing your teeth, you’ll gag less—if not at all, and your mirror will be much cleaner (because toothpaste specks won’t be flying everywhere).

The second habit is rinsing your mouth after you’ve brushed your chompers. This habit could be hurting your smile because rinsing washes the beneficial toothpaste chemicals away, like fluoride, and doesn’t give them a chance to seep into the enamel and help the teeth. So, it’s best to just spit out the toothpaste and be on your merry way. It might feel weird at first, but you’ll get used to it.

The third habit is keeping your toothbrush out on the bathroom counter. This can be a poor place to have your toothbrush because it can gather bacteria throughout the day, especially if it’s by the sink or toilet. So, it’s best to keep it in the bathroom cupboard or even on your bedroom nightstand.

Do you have any questions about unnecessary brushing habits in Gilbert, Arizona? If so, please reach out to our dental team at Higley Dental Care by calling 480-988-7007. Our dental team will be happy to hear from and help you!