Brushing your teeth has become such an ingrained habit that most of us don’t think twice before going through the routine. We’ve been taught to brush our teeth twice a day for oral hygiene and to maintain a picture perfect smile, so we just go on with it. We do it like a habit and don’t realise that your teeth need special care or it can give problems at a later stage… toothache, not pleasant!
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Here we list common tooth brushing mistakes that could be hindering you from having healthy teeth.
Brushing for less amount of time
Doctors recommend brushing to last for at least two minutes. Seldom do we do that, and brushing has become like an on-the-go activity that we need to get rid of our task lists each morning.
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Brushing for too long, on the other hand is also harmful for you! No matter how poor your brushing habits were previously, you can’t catch up for lost time. So brushing rigorously and for longer amount of time than recommended isn’t going to make a difference and might just erode enamel.
Using the same brush for too long
It is recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The bristles of the toothbrush tend to fray out and become less effective. This could lead to improper removal of residue between your teeth and can eventually lead to build up of plaque.
Dentists recommend brushing in circular movements across all surfaces of your teeth from top to bottom. Most of us have learned a technique of brushing that is convenient but not so effective.
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Inner surface brushing
It is essential to brush the inner surfaces of your teeth well to make sure you don’t get any plaque build up. Sometimes we tend to skip brushing in the inner surface thinking that nothing could get stuck there; well, dentists claim that the inner surface is the most common place for tooth decay since it is most often left unattended.
Picking the right toothbrush
It is essential to stay away from hard bristle toothbrushes and make sure you buy soft ones. Dentists recommend this for a complete oral hygiene cycle.
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Rinsing your toothbrush
Placing your toothbrush under the tap for two seconds isn’t going to clean out all the bacteria that you may have dug out of your teeth. Doing this will increase the possibility of reintroducing the same bacteria that you brushed off back into your teeth once again.
Make sure you brush properly, because dental problems are not easily fixable and they burn a gigantic hole in your wallet!