Brushing your teeth, as a daily routine, probably seems second-nature. You know its basics. You understand it’s essential to keeping your smile in tip-top shape. But are you sure you’re brushing the right way? Check out these toothbrushing mistakes you may not know you’re making.
1. You keep your toothbrush for far too long.
Overtime, the bristles of your toothbrush get curved and frayed. They’re no longer as effective as they used to. Make it a habit to change your brush every 3 to 4 months so you can make the most of your cleaning routine. Think of shopping for a new toothbrush as a little treat for yourself. When you do shop, be conscious of the size of the toothbrush head. Make sure it’s not too big and just the right size for your mouth. Always choose a soft bristled brush too.
2. You brush too aggressively.
People use different techniques when brushing their teeth. What’s yours? Brushing should be done in a circular and not in a forward-backward motion. You need to be gentle when brushing both the teeth and gum line to avoid scraping the soft tissue located between them. When you brush too hard, your teeth could get damaged. One indication you’re being aggressive is when you notice the brush bristles bend as they hit your teeth.
3. You overdo brushing.
Brushing too often is not good as it can damage the outer shell of your teeth called enamel, as well as your gums. Twice a day brushing should be enough long as you do it the right way. Spend at least 2 minutes each and make sure to clean all areas. Use a timer to check how long you normally brush and shorten or extend your brush time as needed.
4. You’re going at a wrong angle.
Instead of brushing at a 90 degree, go at a 45 degree angle toward the gums. This will help ensure that even your gum line gets cleaned. Cleaning the gum line prevents cavities and gum diseases from developing. Brush in small circles, from top to bottom and then front and back. Cover just a few teeth first before moving on to the next set. For chewing surfaces brushing straight across is fine.
5. You’re using the wrong toothpaste.
Be careful when choosing a toothpaste type. Toothpaste with abrasives may damage the tooth enamel. If you feel overwhelmed with the choice of toothpaste available at the grocery, consult your dentist. They would be able to recommend a brand that suits your oral care needs.
6. You store your toothbrush in your bathroom.
When you leave your toothbrush in the bathroom and without any covering, you’re also exposing it to feces and other harmful bacteria. Every flush of the toilet with the lid up can distribute bacteria all over the bathroom. Placing the toothbrush on top of the sink makes it more vulnerable to bacterial attacks. If there is no enclosed space in the bathroom where you can keep your brush, consider taking it with you to your bedroom. Also, don’t put a cover on right away after using your brush to allow time for drying.
7. You skip brushing before bed.
Sometimes, you might feel too lazy to brush. Still, do make it a point to clean your teeth before hitting the sack. During sleep, acid from food debris begins invading your teeth. What makes it worse is that saliva flow is decreased during sleep. Saliva helps fight off acid effects by remineralising the teeth enamel. Without it, your teeth would struggle to protect themselves.
Be more mindful with your brushing habits. Avoid these toothbrushing mistakes so you can improve and not compromise your oral care. For more information about proper dental cleaning habits, schedule a visit with us. We’d love to help you and your family ensure propler oral hygiene.
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