Keep your mouth fresh and healthy with brushing is a very important part of our daily routine as we all love to start our day with freshness, right? Many of us believe that it is required just for fresher breath and whiter smile. But NO, it’s necessary for our overall health. Our daily brushing removes plaque and helps you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Do you know how to brush your teeth? What are the things you should take care of? What are the mistakes you are making and need to avoid? Here we have got you covered.
Here are 8 Mistakes That You Should Avoid While Brushing
Are You Following the Right Habit of Brushing? It is essential to follow the right technique to brush your teeth. Check with us whether you are following the right one or not.
1. Brushing Too Hard
Are you brushing your teeth aggressively? Be gentle, please. It can damage your teeth and gums and lead to teeth sensitivity. Brush your teeth gently that prevent damage to your enamel.
2. Brushing Your Teeth More Than Two Minutes
How long you brush your teeth is also matters and many of us ignore this thing, especially children. Dentists recommend two minutes for a tooth brushing session. Don’t do it more than that.
3. Brushing More Than 2 Times a Day
Most dentists suggest that you should brush at least twice a day but no more than that. The best time is in the morning and the night before bed. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating an acidic meal, wait for at least 30 minutes.
4. Not Replacing Your Toothbrush Regularly
Are you replacing your toothbrush regularly? It depends on the brush you use, but as per the dentist recommendation, you should replace it every 3-4 months or you can do it when bristles get worn or frayed.
5. Not Cleaning Your Tongue
Are you cleaning your tongue after brushing? Cleaning your tongue is important every time you brush your teeth. It prevents bad breath and removes bacteria. If you don’t want to use tongue cleaner, get a toothbrush with a tongue scraper on the back side or bristles.
6. Not Using Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Using hard bristle toothbrush can hurt your gums. Try soft or extra soft bristles instead of that. Don’t use your toothbrush to shine your teeth, use it to dislodge food particles that are stuck in between your teeth. Hard bristles with some more force can remove the protective teeth enamel. This also results in sensitive teeth and gums.
7. Not Following the Right Brushing Technique
Are you sure you are following the right technique and motion of brushing? A variety of problems can occur with incorrect brushing technique. Check with us the right ones.
The correct way is placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and in circles. Circular motions are gentle and more effective at cleaning gaps between the teeth. Use a lighter touch, don’t press down too hard that the bristles bend on your teeth.
8. Not Doing Flossing
Flossing is required to remove plaque between your teeth. Do it at least once a day. It reaches to the part where your toothbrush doesn’t. It will be hard when you will start but first, try to floss at least one tooth and then it will be easier to floss the rest.
Want More Information and Dental Care Tips?
If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, or need home remedies for sensitive teeth, then you must watch and read our other dental blogs. For expert advice and assistance, please book your appointment with our Claremont dentist at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice.
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Dr. Nishant Vaishnav believes in combining technology and education to provide the highest quality of dentistry. He takes pride in his work and endeavours to help everyone achieve a great smile. He graduated from University of Mumbai, India in year 2000. His perseverance led him to do further studies and completed his Masters in Periodontics in 2004. He is also a member of ITI. He works in the capacity of Principal and General Dentist at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice.