Brushing your teeth the right way is important to maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Keeping your teeth in top shape requires regular visits to the dentist. However – good dental hygiene starts at home.
Most people are not caring for their teeth properly ! We have a list of common mistakes people making while brushing teeth.
1. Using Your Toothbrush For Long Duration
The average life of a toothbrush is about three months. After a couple of months of daily use – bacteria and food particles begin to accumulate on the toothbrush. Make sure you are changing your toothbrush every three months.
2. Not Brushing Your Teeth Long Enough
45 seconds is the average person’s brushing time. Two minutes is the recommended duration for a tooth brushing session. Use what you can to ensure you brush your teeth for two minutes.
3. Rinsing Your Mouth With Water After Brushing Teeth
Don’t rise your mouth with water after brushing your teeth. Use a mouthwash or mouth rinse that contains fluoride instead of water. Rinse, gargle, spit out the mouthwash and that should be enough. But don’t use water.
4. Storing Your Toothbrush In The Bathroom
Consider storing your toothbrush someplace other than your bathroom – like on your nightstand or inside your medicine cabinet. Oh, and don’t forget to close the lid on your toilet seat before flushing.
5. Not Cleaning Your Tongue
It’s important to clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You can also just use the bristles of your brush to clean your tongue after brushing your teeth. It’s not as good as a tongue scraper but will get the job done.
6. Using Incorrect Brushing Technique And Motion
The correct way to brush your teeth is in circles – don’t go back and forth. Circular motions are more gentle and effective at cleaning the gaps between the teeth.
It takes about three weeks to learn a new habit. Include one change to your teeth-brushing routine every week. You’ll notice that your mouth feels fresher. Regular visits to the dentist and avoiding these teeth-brushing mistakes will ensure the long-term protection of your gums.