Well, brushing might seem like an easy task to do but truth is, most of us brush our pearly whites the wrong way. Not only we don't sufficiently remove the plaque accumulated on our teeth, but we might also harm our enamel. On the list that follows you can find the most common brushing mistakes!
1. Wrong toothbrush
When picking a toothbrush you have to keep in mind two hacks:
- Pick one with a small head. If the head of the brush is too big it won't be able to fit appropriately in all the areas in your mouth that demand cleaning.
- Pick one with medium hard bristles. You may think that the harder the bristles the better the cleaning but you are mistaken! The harder the bristles the more the damage to your enamel. From the other hand if you choose a brush with very soft bristles, you are not cleaning anything!
2. Very hard brushing
You don't need to scrub your teeth,you just have to gently clean them from food remnants and plaque. Don't be too hard on them, because you will end up with a destroyed enamel and teeth prone to decay.
3. Very fast brushing
You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. But you're late for school or work. Or you want to get to bed. Once in a while, you need to cut that brushing short.
If you want to set a timer and set it for 2 minutes, that's great.
I see a lot of young people walking around with headphones on. If you can leave your headphones in and put on a song, your average pop song's in the 2-3 minute range. So if you brush while you listen to one of your favorite songs, you've probably been in there long enough.
4. Old toothbrush
When you find a good toothbrush, it's sometimes hard to give it up. But when you see changes in the bristles - when they become discolored, bent, or dirty looking - it's time to replace the brush.
Change it at least every 3 to 4 months.
And remember to replace your toothbrush after a flu, a cold or any other diseases you can potentially come down with. You don't want to re-infect yourselves with all that dirty bacteria that are sitting on your toothbrush.
5. Wrong technique
It's a common brushing mistake,going along your teeth, left to right. But this is not effective.
Start from the gum, and go up and down in little circular, up-and-down motions.
6. You forget the gum line
Bacteria often hang out where your tooth meets your gum. We miss that area a lot.
Brushing your teeth means brushing your whole tooth. Or at least everything you can get to with your brush. And that includes just under the gum.
7. Wrong time of brushing
It’s tempting, sometimes, to immediately run to the restroom to get rid of the remnants of that meal you just had.
That’s better than not brushing at all. But still, this is not quite healthy and here is why.
You have acid sitting in your mouth and now you're using abrasives. So you're kind of helping the acid erode your tooth.
How long should you wait? 15 or 20 minutes. That's long enough for the saliva in your mouth to do its work on the acid before you start brushing.
8.You don't stick to your daily hygiene routine
It is very usual for you to get bored or be in a rush and you neglect your oral care. But is it really worth it to destroy your smile over boredom?
Try to follow your routine at least once a day, your whole routine though. Brushing-Flossing-Mouthwash.
Athina Tsiorva - You Smile Dental Care