With just a month passed in this New Year, there’s still plenty of time to get on track with your resolutions. Whether it’s to shed a few pounds or to read more regularly, it can be difficult to commit to self-improvement but it can also be extremely rewarding. While you’re working hard at improving in other areas, why not add getting better at brushing your teeth to your list. Looking out for these 3 brushing habits to avoid will help you have a healthier smile in 2017.

Brushing Too Hard

This habit can do major damage to your teeth and gums. Hard brushing actually wears down your enamel, which helps protect your teeth from cavities and other infections. It can also cause your gums to recede, which leaves them susceptible to gum disease such as gingivitis. A gentle and thorough brushing technique is the best approach.

Not Replacing Your Toothbrush Regularly

Your toothbrush is practically useless once its bristles are frayed or broken. A good rule of thumb is to change your toothbrush out with every season (every 3-4 months). Be sure when you purchase a toothbrush to see if it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means it has been tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Not Brushing Long Enough

If you’re speeding through brushing, you’re not being thorough enough. You want to brush for at least two minutes. Try playing a song you like or setting a timer for yourself. This way you scrub your teeth and give them the cleaning they need.

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