Tooth brushing is a daily habit to most people and, because they do it so often, it is easy not to think about it. Many people may be brushing their teeth the wrong way and not even realize it.
Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes and How to Correct Them.
- Have the right toothbrush. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are one of the best ways to protect tooth enamel and gums. Stiffer bristle toothbrushes may be too harsh, especially if you have a tendency to brush too hard. If you are wondering whether it is better to go with an electric toothbrush or a manual… the answer is, whichever type of brush you prefer AND whichever type brush is going to keep you brushing regularly.
- Watch and work on your technique. Ideally a person should hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle while making short, up-and-down strokes. Be sure to brush all areas of your teeth, especially those hard-to-reach back molar areas. Oh, and don’t forget to brush your tongue.
- Brush for at least two minutes twice a day. When a person thinks of using “two minutes” of time, it seems the blink of an eye. However, when it comes to brushing teeth, “two minutes” can feel like an eternity and, as a result of this misperception, many people fall short of the two minute rule. Try dividing your mouth into four areas and spend 30 seconds brushing each one. Do not over brush; this could lead to sore gums and other issues. Also, don’t forget to switch up your technique. As an example, start brushing in different areas each time you brush to avoid becoming bored with your routine.
Brush enough, not TOO much. Brushing two to three times a day is ideal, but more than this might actually be counterproductive. Over brushing could cause tooth enamel and gum tissue to wear away, exposing you to further dental problems. Also, remember to use a light touch. It doesn’t take aggressive brushing to remove plaque.
- Choose the right toothpaste. Do you have sensitive teeth, higher decay rate, stain, weak tooth enamel? Well, don’t worry… there is a toothpaste out there to for you. Just make sure that the toothpaste you are using is the best fit for your needs.