When you wake up in the morning and head to the wash basin, you hardly ever put any extra thought to your morning routine. Brushing your teeth is an everyday job and you probably follow the same pattern daily. But if you’ve faced gum problems, cavities or other dental issues, it’s possibly because you may be committing these brushing mistakes. Review your brushing habits to avoid these common brushing mistakes.
Using the wrong toothbrush
Picking the right toothbrush is all about finding a toothbrush that feels the most comfortable and does not strain your mouth. The British Dental Health Foundation suggests using a small or medium size toothbrush. Another thing that one should also consider while picking a toothbrush is the handle. You need to pick a toothbrush with a comfortable handle.
Also pay special attention to your bristle type. Make sure your bristles are sturdy enough to clean your teeth but not too hard or they could end up damaging your teeth. The British Dental Health Foundation suggests using a brush with soft to medium multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles.
Wrong brushing habits
Doctors often recommend brushing twice a day. But if you really want to keep up you’re dental hygiene, wash your mouth every time you eat or drink sugary foods. Also remember not to overdo brushing more than three to four times a day or you could end up irritating your gums. Brushing your teeth gently for two to three minutes is good enough to keep your teeth clean.
Not brushing on the inner surface of the teeth
Many people often neglect cleaning the inner surface of their teeth. The plaque that forms on the outer surface of your teeth also forms on the inner surface. That means plaque can be damaging your teeth from the inside too.
Not maintaining toothbrush hygiene
When you store your toothbrush in the bathroom, you expose it to the humid and germ-filled environment. Make sure you avoid keeping your toothbrush in a damp place where it can come in contact with bacteria. If you use a cover, allow it to dry before you place it in. And most of all, remember to rinse it before and after you use it.
Not changing your toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every three to four months or even before if the bristles look worn out. Set in a reminder to change your toothbrush or keep inspecting it regularly to check your bristles.