We are taught to brush our teeth from an early age. From top to bottom and in a circular motion. We know we have to do it three times per day, but what we don’t know is that brushing our teeth isn’t as simple as it seems. We make many common mistakes when performing this daily activity. Here we’ll show you 9 of them.
1. Putting the brush back without cleaning it
You have to clean the brush after using it. Always. Bacteria love to accumulate on the bristles of the brush, and then you put them straight into your mouth.
2. Brushing too much
The correct length of time for brushing your teeth is 2 to 3 minutes. Brushing for longer breaks down the enamel.
3. Brushing with too much, or not enough, pressure
If you do it too strongly, it breaks down the enamel and can cause your gums to shrink back. On the other hand, if you brush too gently, food particles will simply remain on your teeth.
4. Brushing immediately after eating
It’s best to wait 30 minutes after eating each meal. Otherwise, you’ll rub and spread the acids contained in your food.
5. Whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes damage tooth enamel and cause sensitivity to the gums and teeth.
6. The technique you use may not be correct
You shouldn’t move the brush from side to side. Use circular movements and hold the brush at a 45 degree angle. Then, move it along the lower and upper parts of the teeth, so that the bristles reach in between the teeth and gums.
7. Keep the toothbrush close to the toilet bowl
This is very common, especially in cramped bathrooms. When you lower the toilet seat, thousands of bacteria and fecal traces are released throughout the bathroom. These can reach the toothbrush you’re about to use.
8. Using the same toothbrush for a long time
You should change toothbrushes every 3 or 4 months.
9. Forgetting about other parts of your mouth
It’s not actually about just brushing your teeth. Sometimes we forget that we must also brush our tongue and inner walls of our cheeks. Many dental problems and bad breath can be caused by not brushing these forgotten parts of the mouth.
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