Common Mistakes People Make When Brushing Their Teeth
Hopefully, you already understand that it’s essential you brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you’re not already doing this, then your teeth are definitely suffering unnecessarily. However, brushing your teeth is probably a bit more demanding than you think. Most people don’t know that they’re making a number of critical mistakes every morning and night that could be leaving their oral hygiene worse off as a result. Ben White from White.co.uk tell us more about how to properly brush your teeth
Using the Wrong Brush
We’ll begin with the basics, which is that you need to select the right toothbrush for the job. With so many to choose from these days, you can definitely find one that is right for your needs, but this also means you have to avoid all the wrong choices too.
If you find you have to strain your mouth to keep it open wide enough for your brush, you’re probably not using the right one. Straining to keep your mouth open can mean that eventually you’re not getting the brush all the way to the back of your mouth. Plus, any uncomfortable experience is unlikely to be one you give enough time to.
You also have to think about the bristles you’re using. If your gums hurt when you’re done brushing, then the bristles on your brush are probably too hard. As a rule of thumb, it’s almost always a good idea to go a bit softer because you can actually rip the enamel off the teeth if the bristles are too hard.
Brushing Too Hard
Speaking of which, you don’t want to apply too much pressure to your teeth when you’re brushing. Most people brush far too aggressively, because they’re thinking about all the debris they want to strip from their teeth. Just like with bristles that are too tough, though, this is a great way to leave your teeth with less enamel, which is ultimately essential to keeping them safe.
One really great way to avoid this problem is with an electric brush that comes with a sensor designed to monitor the pressure you apply. It will actually turn the brush off if it senses that you are pushing too hard on your teeth.
Not Brushing Enough
So long as you’re doing it correctly, the more time spent brushing your teeth the better. While twice a day is a minimum, brushing three times a day is even better. If you really want to see results, brush after every time you eat.
Of course, if you’re not putting in a full two minutes every time you brush, you’re not doing much good. You should spend 30 seconds on your upper right, upper left, bottom right and bottom left rows of teeth.
Here, too, an electronic brush can benefit you as many models nowadays have timers on them that let you know when you’ve spent enough time and can move on. If you don’t like electric brushes or don’t want to spend the money, use some other type of timer. Chances are you’ll find out you haven’t been spending nearly enough time in the past.
Keeping the Same Routine
This might seem like the perfect habit to create, but many dentists disagree. Always begin on a different quadrant because this will keep you from getting lazy with your brushing. By always switching things up and keeping it new, you’ll be more likely to concentrate on the task at hand and do a thorough job.
Brushing your teeth may seem simple enough, but that’s the problem. Make sure you haven’t been habitually committing the mistakes outlined above and both your smile and overall oral hygiene will thank you.