Keeping your teeth in top shape requires regular visits to the dentist. However – good dental hygiene starts at home. Brushing your teeth the right way is important to maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
We came up with these 10 common mistakes people need to avoid while brushing their teeth.
1. Using the wrong toothbrush
Make sure you pick one that’s comfortable to hold, a size that fits comfortably in your mouth, and one that has soft bristles.
2. Choosing The Wrong Bristles
Stiffer bristles are sold, but like brushing too hard, it’s possible that they can do more harm than they need to, especially to your gums.
3. Not Changing Your Toothbrush
As toothbrushes wear, the bristles get less and less effective. A good rule of thumb is to change out your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles look frayed or broken.
4. Brushing Incorrectly
Technique is an important part of brushing effectively. Instead of long, horizontal strokes, try putting the bristles at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use short, circular strokes. Instead of moving across your teeth, go up and down on both the front and back sides.
5. Not Brushing Adequately
Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and preferably three times. You must brush in the morning, before going to bed and, if needed, after eating a meal. This will help remove plaque and neutralize the pH of your mouth, keeping your teeth clean and healthy.
6. Brushing Too Frequently
Some people are overly hygienic and end up brushing their teeth too frequently. If you brush more than 3 times a day it can lead to recession of the gum line as well as hastened erosion of dental enamel.
7. Starting at the Same Spot Each Time
To clean your teeth thoroughly, dentists recommend to start brushing in a different place each time.
8. Ignoring the Inner Surfaces
If we are preoccupied, we seldom forget to brush our teeth’s inner surfaces. Such a mistake can lead to a buildup of plaque on the inner surfaces.
9. Not Rinsing Your Toothbrush After Use
If you are not rinsing your toothbrush properly, bacteria and food debris remain on the bristles, which may cause infection and gum disease later on.
10. Storing Your Toothbrush Wet
A damp toothbrush becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, and the next time you use it, you are unknowingly introducing bacteria into your mouth, which can cause bad breath and other gum diseases.
Source: Life Hack