Brushing our teeth twice a day is something that we learnt as a kid and is essential for maintaining fresh breath and sparkling teeth. It seems to be an easy and even automatic task because you’ve been doing it on a daily basis for years. But did you know that you can make some mistakes that can cause damage to our teeth and gums? Check out the following widespread mistakes you do while brushing your teeth:
Brush, don’t rush – Most people brush their teeth just because they know the importance of this habit, but don’t dedicate enough time to this task. What they don’t know is that lazy brushing can be as damaging as the lack of it. “To remove plaque, prevent tartar formation and the appearance of cavities, we need to floss properly and brush all our teeth with equal attention – including the tongue. The ideal brushing should last about four minutes” says Dr. Rozelle Owens.
Brushing Too Hard – Some people have the habit of brushing teeth so hard that it hurts their gums. This is neither necessary nor recommended as this may damage the enamel of the teeth and cause gum recession, an issue where the gums are compressed toward the root of the tooth and expose the root dentin. What really matters is the correct brushing procedure and to use a good brush. At D4 Dentist, we recommend angling the toothbrush towards the gum margin at 45 degrees. In this position, the bristles clean the gum and the tooth. The movements must be a small stroke, a bit more than a vibration, with firm pressure. Do not be aggressive as this can damage tooth and gum.
Toothpaste Lovers – We know, we know. The tingling sensation is refreshing and really good, but a lot of toothpaste and foam doesn’t mean that you have done a good work. What really cleans the teeth is a good brushing. The ideal amount of toothpaste is the size of a pea and nothing more than that, otherwise, you might even harm your oral hygiene.
Mouthwash every time – Mouthwashes are important in helping to prevent oral diseases. However, the frequency should be moderate, at most once a day, or even once every two days. In addition, mouthwashes with alcohol are not advised. Mouthwash is not an alternative to brushing; plaque is a sticky substance that will not be removed by rinsing.
Brushing your teeth as soon as you finish eating – It’s better to wait at least 30 minutes after the end of the meal to brush your teeth. The reason? After eating your mouth is acidic and this acid makes your teeth softer. Saliva is amazing stuff though! It neutralizes the plaque acid and re-mineralises your teeth making them strong again. If you brush directly after eating when your mouth is acidic and your teeth are softened, you can damage them. It’s best to wait until saliva has done its job and then brush.
Old habits die hard. Are you ready to avoid these mistakes you do while brushing your teeth and start a new way of toothbrushing? 🙂