One daily routine that never changes in the timetable, each one of us set for ourselves is…picking up a toothbrush every morning.
Brushing your pearly whites ‘properly’ is what is stressed upon right from childhood. However, mistakes are evidently made in our deeply ingrained habit.
Here are the 8 Toothbrushing Mistakes that you are probably making:
1. You brush in a very short duration.
The ideal prescribed time for brushing is withing 2-3 minutes. However, the rush that a hectic lifestyle brings along with itself shortens this time and ends up brushing for hardly a minute or so. That is sooo definitely not good!
2. You don’t clean at the right time of day.
Your toothbrush should be the last thing your teeth touch at night,” says Edmond R. Hewlett, D.D.S., a professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Snacking before you sleep significantly raises your risk for cavities if food stays lodged in between your teeth.
Your morning method is equally important: Protective saliva production slows down when you snooze, spurring the bacteria in your mouth to multiply even faster.
Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, making sure you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant (your upper left teeth, your upper right teeth, and so on).
3. You are definitely not using the right toothbrush!
Using the right toothbrush is of utmost importance and something that one needs to buy with caution. You must consider the size of your mouth, the comfort of the handle before making the purchase.
Pick a soft bristled toothbrush that can slip under your gum tissue and dislodge any plaque stuck there, Dr. Hewlett recommends. If the plaque isn’t removed, you increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Brushing with a medium or hard model—and using excessive pressure—can cause your gums to recede and expose the surface of your roots, or the bottom of your teeth. Since the root surface isn’t as hard as the exposed enamel-covered part of your teeth, scrubbing this area can wear it away more easily and cause little cavities,” Dr. Hewlett says.
4. You are doing the wrong technique.
Brushing too hard or improperly can be one of the gravest mistakes you might be committing. Brushing too hard can cause germs to recede over time and the usage of wrong bristles can hurt your mouth. It is recommended that one brushes in circular motion to get rid of the bacteria and food particles trapped in the mouth.
A few straight strokes won’t get the job done. Position the handle of your brush so the bristles point at a 30- to 45-degree angle when they touch your gum tissue, Dr. Hewlett advises. Rotate your wrist in a circular motion to effectively remove the plaque, says Dr. Hewlett.
When you move behind your front teeth, you should turn your tool vertically to better reach the entire tooth. And make sure to give special attention to the back of your mouth, since that area normally hides the largest amount of plaque.
5. You don’t rinse properly.
After brushing, rinsing the toothbrush and your mouth with water is extremely crucial. Bacteria are known to grow on an un-rinsed toothbrush. Thoroughly washing the brush will help you getting rid of any leftover toothpaste and particles stuck in the bristles.
Swallowing or spitting out your toothpaste doesn’t totally remove all the harmful stuff that you loosened while brushing. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide, suggests Pia Lieb, D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist in New York City.
6. And you don’t clean your tongue!
After brushing your teeth perfectly, the tongue should be given some much-needed attention too. A tongue cleaner or scraper should be used to kill the bacteria present in that area of the mouth and hence, freshen up your breath.
7. Not using the Right Toothpaste
Selecting the right toothpaste and visiting your dentist for the same should be made as a practice. Baking soda toothpastes, whitening toothpastes and a lot other variety is available in the market today. Choose your toothpaste wisely as it is crucial for your dental health.
The otherwise simple process of brushing should be done with utmost precision in order to let your sparkling whites add to your confidence.
8. You don’t replace your brush.
Giving importance to the hygiene of the toothbrush is as important as selecting the right one and this must be followed strictly. The ADA recommends buying a new brush every 3 or 4 months. (The average brush contains more than 10 million bacteria, according to a British study.) Worn bristles won’t effectively remove plaque or bacteria.
And if you’ve been sick, swap out your brush immediately. Residual bacteria and viruses from an illness can cling to the brush and potentially re-infect you.
By now, poor oral hygiene is linked to other health diseases, as well as other maladies. Thus, it is an utmost important to brush our teeth properly.
via Mens Health