7 Toothbrushing Mistakes You Should Know About
- January 19, 2015
- 3 mins read
Are you aware that brushing your teeth three times a day is not enough? Knowing the proper way to do it is very important. Here is a list of tooth brushing mistakes that you should know so you will do the right thing the next time.
- Not checking on the right bristles for a toothbrush.
Not everyone knows that there is such a thing as right bristles. Some people just pick the toothbrush that has colorful, unique-looking or hard bristles. This is a big mistake. The quality of a toothbrush does not depend on the color, style, and firmness. Truth is that hard bristles may even cause gum irritation, make sensitive teeth worse, and speed up tooth enamel erosion. A soft toothbrush is enough to get the job done.
- Not brushing your teeth long enough.
You should brush your teeth long enough to keep up with good oral hygiene. But how long should you do it? Most dentists say that two minutes should be enough for you to clean all surfaces. Do this without applying too much pressure on your teeth or else you will hurt your tooth enamel, as well as the gum tissue.
- Following the same ‘route’ each time you brush.
If you follow the same directions every time you brush your teeth, you will find it monotonous that you will no longer feel the need to do it correctly or you will no longer realize that you are not cleaning your teeth enough.
- Not replacing your toothbrush in time.
You must buy a new toothbrush every three or four months, says the American Dental Association. Or, you must replace it soon as the bristles start to look worn. You will not be able to clean your teeth enough. You will also hurt your gum and the tooth enamel with a worn-out toothbrush.
- Not allowing your toothbrush to dry off.
If your toothbrush is always moist, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, you should make it a habit of cleaning and drying out your toothbrush after using it. You should also use a cap to cover it; but, make sure that it has tiny holes to allow air to get in and out. Store it in a closed cabinet.
- Using too much toothpaste.
Using toothpaste more than your toothbrush can hold is not a guarantee that you are cleaning your teeth enough. It is how you brush your teeth is what’s important. Do this smoothly in circular motion. Focus on the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Do not forget to also clean your tongue and gum.
Adults can place pea-sized toothpaste on their toothbrush. For kids, a small swipe should be enough.
- Sharing your toothbrush.
You think you have clean teeth that it’s just okay to share it with your partner? Think again. Bacteria is likely to be transferred from your mouth to the other user, making both of you at risk of cavities and worse, illness.