As easy as this task may seem, there are so many of us who are doing it all wrong. The good news is that by becoming aware of the top tooth brushing mistakes it is easy to make corrections as needed to avoid unnecessary procedures or teeth whitening Fleet.
- You are choosing the wrong brush.
Ok, that’s a tough one. There are literally thousands of different brushes and honestly most people are making their choice based on color selection, right?
According to the experts in dentistry, a toothbrush should be selected for its capacity to reach all the parts of the mouth that need to be cleaned. Of course, that should reach easily and comfortably and it doesn’t really matter if it is an electric powered toothbrush or a regular type.
But there is one other point that all experts agree is not negotiable. The tooth brush should have softer bristles. This will allow the bristles to bend and reach beneath the gum. The size of the head is important as well. People with smaller mouths should use a smaller head and be able to move about at different angles. Some toothbrushes are more flexible than others and this is a good thing.
It is essential that the bristles are able to remove bacteria and plaque where bacteria thrive. Some people assume that a harder brush is needed for this task, but this isn’t necessarily so.
- You go to town on your teeth.
Another common misconception is that it is necessary to really scrub the teeth to get them clean, but this is also incorrect. The point is to get away from the idea that your teeth need to be scrubbed as much as they need to be massaged. So, consider fitting yourself with a “massage” brush and work to massage the teeth.
- You rush.
You should brush your teeth twice a day for a full 2 minutes. It is really not that much time and many people rush through this task, but don’t — your teeth are THAT important.
- You hold on too long.
When you find a toothbrush that really works for you, it is a natural tendency to hang on to it for too long. But when it begins to look old and disfigured it is best to part with the toothbrush and find a new one.
A toothbrush loses most of its cleaning capacity when the bristles are no longer aligned. Toothbrushes should be changed once every three to four months. And it is never a good idea to share toothbrushes with other people. It should also be kept in the open air where it can dry completely and avoid the presence of molds and bacteria.
- You go back and forth.
This is another common mistake made when brushing teeth. Much like scrubbing a bathtub, people tend to go back and forth and top to bottom. But remember, we are not trying to “scrub” the teeth but massage them. If you are not doing this right, you will be doing more damage than good.
- You forget the gum line.
Bacteria is most prevalent right where the gums meet the teeth and it is important to give extra attention to this point. People tend to miss this spot plenty. This is why it is important to have a toothbrush with flexible bristles which are able to get in there and provide a thorough cleaning.
Remember that when you are brushing your teeth it is the whole tooth that needs to be cleaned and that 1mm of space below the gum is as important as the rest.
- You go in too soon.
Time pressed people will often run to the bathroom and begin the brushing process within minutes of finishing their meal. While this is certainly better than not brushing your teeth at all, most experts will suggest waiting just a bit longer than that. After eating, there are powerful acids in the mouth, and brushing too soon will erode the teeth. It is best to wait for about 15 to 20 minutes before diving in there, this is long enough to allow the saliva in the mouth to effectively neutralize the acids before you get to work.