We’ve been brushing our teeth since we were kids, so we must be experts at it by now, right? Not necessarily! There are actually quite a few common errors that our patients make on a daily basis while brushing their teeth. To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your brushing routine, be sure to avoid these four common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Using The Wrong Toothbrush
Before you can begin brushing correctly, you need to make sure you have the right toothbrush! Many people buy firm-bristled toothbrushes because they believe they’re more effective in removing plaque and debris from the surface of their teeth. However, a soft-bristled toothbrush is much better for your dental hygiene, as over-brushing with a firm-bristled toothbrush can wear away your dental enamel and damage your gums. You should also make sure you use a toothbrush with a smaller brush head, as this will help you to get those hard-to-reach spots that could be hiding the plaque and debris.
Mistake #2: Keeping One Toothbrush for Too Long
When is the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If it has been more than three months, then it may not be as effective at cleaning your teeth as one would hope. According to the American Dental Association, swapping out your toothbrush every three months both protects your mouth from germs that inevitably accumulate on your toothbrush and ensures that your toothbrush is effective in removing plaque and debris. If you don’t remember the last time you changed your toothbrush, simply look to the bristles. Are they frayed or worn? If so, it may be time to make a trip to the store.
Mistake #3: Holding Your Toothbrush Incorrectly
There are an infinite number of ways you could be brushing your teeth, but there is one that has been proven to work the best! For starters, you want to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gums. Then, brush each individual tooth by moving the brush back and forth in tooth-wide strokes. By using this method, you will be able to effectively remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.
Mistake #4: Not Cleaning Every Part of Your Mouth
Did you know the entire process of brushing your teeth should take at least two minutes when done correctly? Many people don’t reach this two-minute mark because they miss many surfaces in the mouth that need to be cleaned. For example, you need to make sure you’re brushing the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Don’t forget the backs of your front teeth and the hidden corners in the back of your mouth! You also need to brush your tongue, as the majority of the bacteria in your mouth resides there.
By avoiding these common brushing mistakes, you can make sure to stay in good oral health. If you’ve been making these common mistakes, there’s an easy way to make sure your teeth are in good condition—visiting the dentist! To set up your next appointment, contact Countryside Dental Group today.