8 Common Mistakes Made When Brushing Your Teeth

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8 Common Mistakes Made When Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing our teeth is a task that we all carry out at least twice a day. With a simple action of applying some toothpaste on your toothbrush and moving it around, how hard can it be? Considering the notion that ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, we would all like to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to brushing our teeth but, unfortunately, many of us make mistakes in carrying out this first task of the day. Done incorrectly and this can lead to embarrassing bad breath with unsightly and unhealthy teeth. But, don’t you worry, because in this article you can now be rightly guided and say no to bad brushing habits.

Consider the Shelf Life of Your Toothbrush

In brushing our teeth, the brush is exposed to daily damages, thus, weakening its bristles. On average, a toothbrush is supposed to be used for up to 2 months or lasts for 200 uses. So, change your brush regularly.

Tick Tock

Although time is always an issue in the morning and we usually rush down brushing our teeth, this can leave our teeth in a bad state. As such, brushing is recommended for a minimum of 2 minutes.

Rinsing Away Your Work

We all have this habit to rinse our mouths as soon as we finish brush, but, have you ever thought that we may be washing away the paste that we now applied? Of course you can spit out the extra paste, but by washing our mouths so soon; this actually reduces the effects of the toothpaste. As such, wait at least half an hour before rinsing.

Wrongful Storage

Storing our toothbrushes in the bathroom seems like a case of common sense, however, did you know this can actually be harmful to us? According to experts, this is very unsanitary due to the fact that when one flushes the toilet, the toothbrushes may be contaminated. Therefore, keep your toothbrush in a closed area to avoid this contamination.

Skipping Dental Floss and Brushing Your Tongue

If you tend to skip using floss and brushing your tongue, then you aren’t cleaning your mouth properly. Without these 2 tasks, food particles will remain in between the teeth and on the tongue.

Hard Bristles Are Harmful to Gums

By using hard bristles, this only causes harm to the gums and doesn’t further benefit the teeth in any way. Therefore, if you were to visit a dentist in Newmarket, they will likely recommend softer bristles.

Your Direction Matters

Usually, we brush our teeth back and forth. But, by brushing in a circular manner, this allows for a deeper clean as the teeth are brushed on all sides.

Brushing After Every Meal

Although we have been taught to brush after each meal, this is may not be such a good habit.  To have clean and healthy teeth, brushing twice a day is more than sufficient.

* Newmarket Dentist provides general information only. Our aim is to provide the most accurate information possible, but we do not take responsibility for any errors. In order to get the best results it is important to consult with your dentist or health care professional for further information, diagnosis or treatment.