Are you brushing the right way? While you may think so, check out some of the most common mistakes people make when brushing to find out.
Brushing Only Teeth
It’s great you are brushing your teeth, however, are you brushing your tongue and roof of your mouth also? Bacteria also deposits here causing bad breath, so make sure you brush your tongue, sides of your mouth and the roof to prevent bad breath. While you’re at it, make sure you also floss between your teeth!
Brushing Too Often
Brushing 2-3 times a day is good. Anything more can erode your enamel. It is best to brush in the morning, at night, and once in-between your lunchtime meal. If you consume other foods in-between, try to rinse half an hour after consuming these foods. Brushing right after eating is not good – you must wait 30 minutes to an hour, otherwise the acid in the food can ruin your enamel. Drink water throughout the day so your body produces enough saliva to neutralize acids on its own.
Brushing Too Long
2 minutes is ample time to brush your teeth. Any longer, and you will be eroding your enamel on your teeth.
Brushing Too Hard
When you are brushing, never apply too much pressure. Applying too much pressure and brushing too hard can cause damage to your gums by pushing the soft tissue back, exposing the root area. Brushes come in different strengths – soft, medium and hard. Never use hard brushes for a long period of time unless advised by us. Using a soft bristle brush and applying even pressure will help keep your teeth healthy.
Brushing With an Old Brush
Your brushes need to be changed every 3 months and right after you’ve been sick (to prevent re-infection). If you are keeping your brushes for 6 months to a year, your brushes are probably not effective at brushing away all the plaque and bacteria building up.