From a very young age, we have been taught how to keep our pearly whites clean and healthy, but did you know that studies have shown that many of us are not brushing our teeth correctly. Here are 5 common mistakes that are made.
- Brushing just once
Brush at least twice a day, for at least 2 minutes each time, every single day. It is however important to make sure that at least one of those times is exceptional. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. If you stir up the bacteria twice a day, you can keep them less productive and less dangerous to your teeth and gums.
- That’s the wrong toothbrush
Did you know that there are a variety of toothbrushes on the market that offer more than just design? Many of us choose a brush that looks good, however, there are various brushes on sale that range from soft to hard. A hard brush could cause damage to your gums if used incorrectly, while a soft brush could potentially be ineffective. Sometimes people think that the harder the bristles are, the more they’ll clean, but that’s not necessarily true. Take the time and do some research before your next trip to the shop.
- Take it easy
When it comes to brushing, harder isn’t better. One of the biggest issues that people have is trying to scrub their teeth too hard. Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub.
- Take it slow
Don’t rush, we know, you’re late for school, work or just want to go to bed, but don’t cut your brushing short. You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time because ineffective brushing will not benefit your oral hygiene.
- It’s time for a new brush
When you find a good toothbrush, it’s sometimes hard to give it up. But when you see changes in the bristles — when they become discolored, bent, or dirty looking — it’s time to chuck it. Your brush loses its effectiveness when the bristles become frayed, so change it at least every 3 to 4 months. Just an added side note – it’s smart not to share your brush with anyone else, also keep your wet brush in the open air to keep bacteria from growing on it.