It’s all very well brushing our teeth twice a day, however, there’s not much point in doing it at all if we aren’t brushing properly. Here are some tips on brushing correctly and how to avoid those common mistakes.
Tooth brushing mistakes and avoiding them:
Using the incorrect toothbrush
One of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to tooth brushing is using an unsuitable toothbrush. If a toothbrush is selected carefully with these considerations kept in mind, it is more likely to be used regularly and correctly. Using the correct bristle is important and the brush needs to strike the right balance between being firm enough to tackle plaque build-up and soft enough to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. If you need advice on choosing the correct brush ask one of the team here at Paul Lowe Dentistry who will be happy to advise the correct brush for your requirements.
Not brushing properly
Failure to brush with the proper technique is a common dilemma particularly in young children. Most dentists claim the best way to brush is to begin each session in a different part of the mouth to ensure thorough coverage of all teeth.
Here’s a useful guide for those of you who need help in keeping your shiny white pearls in tip top condition.
Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough
It might be worth timing yourself or using a dental app which plays your favourite tunes on your phone for a full recommended two minutes whilst you brush those teeth. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is recommended by dental experts so if you don’t brush often enough it can lead to lots of plaque developing on your teeth and by not brushing long enough you are likely to miss bits.
Brushing too often or too Hard
Brushing too often may lead to exposure of the roots, and brushing too roughly can erode the protective tooth enamel. The best thing for proper dental care is to brush gently for two to three minutes, in long, horizontally angled strokes, two or three times per day.
Keep your toothbrush clean
Many people fail to keep their toothbrush clean because they often believe that the brush is already clean. However, bacteria can grow on an un-rinsed toothbrush. This means that you may be putting old bacteria back in your mouth.
Make sure you rinse out your toothbrush thoroughly and remove any leftover toothpaste.
Allow a reasonable amount of time for the brush to dry after use, and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head (if you use an electric brush) every three to four months,this is a priority if you want your teeth to stay in good condition.
Make sure you avoid the above tooth brushing mistakes and follow the tips so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.