Tooth brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

Having braces, whether traditional brackets or invisalign, requires constant attention and care. When correcting dental irregularities, you may focus more on the equipment necessary to do the job and forget to continue routine maintenance for your teeth. One of the most common mistakes when caring for your teeth is skipping the inner tooth surfaces when brushing. When you begin to brush, you may find that you’re paying attention to your braces and forget to include all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the inner surfaces.

The Dangers of Plaque

Plaque doesn’t just happen where you can see it; in fact, most of the dangerous plaque on teeth is hidden in places that aren’t readily visible. It’s just as important to remove this plaque as it is to remove visible plaque or plaque that is in a highly visible spot in your mouth. Making a checklist of all of the places that you need to brush and using it will help to ensure that you don’t leave any out.

The Inner Surfaces

The lower inner surfaces tend to be under-brushed more often than any other place in your mouth. Alternate cleaning the inner surfaces of your teeth with every other surface to ensure thorough brushing. Just skimming the surfaces will not be sufficient; the inner surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned.

Brushing the inner surfaces of your teeth will not just help to keep those teeth health. Plaque on the teeth that is left unattended could spread to other nearby teeth and eventually cause tooth decay. Plaque that exists on the inner tooth surfaces is less visible and much simpler to ignore until there is a larger problem to address. Taking special care of your teeth is not just important when you are having orthodonture work, with traditional braces or invisalign, performed. Caring for your teeth – all of the surfaces of your teeth, gums and even your tongue – will ensure that you have a healthy, happy smile for life.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.


Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200