Apr 09, 2014
Toothbrushing is such an ingrained habit, few people think twice about it. Step one in your daily routine- brushing your pearly whites ‘properly’ is what is stressed upon right from childhood. However, mistakes are evidently made in this otherwise deeply ingrained habit. Below are 10 mistakes that you are probably making. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
No, we don’t mean that you are using someone else’s toothbrush; but the one that doesn’t suit your mouth. Consider the size of your mouth when picking a toothbrush, and the comfort of the handle before, recommends the American Dental Association. If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, the brush is probably too big. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
Some toothbrushes have angled bristles, others straight; hard bristles and soft. So which is better? Bristles that are too stiff are known to aggravate gums. Hence a soft bristled brush is the perfect choice. One must also bear in mind that the bristles should be sturdy enough to remove the plaque but not cause damage to the teeth. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
With too much time between brushings, he says, bacterial plaque will build up, boosting the risk of gum inflammation and other problems. Brushing thrice a day softly is ideal. But not more than that as since it could result into exposure of the root of the tooth leading to irritation. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
Brushing should last at least two minutes, three minutes is even better. Divide the mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds a quadrant. Some electric toothbrushes include built-in timers for your convenience. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. Brushing vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush very gently for two to three minutes. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
Do you know the correct technique of brushing? Aim your bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and do short strokes or vibrations. Softly brush up and down your teeth, not across your teeth. The strokes should be vertical or circular, not horizontal. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
Most people forget to brush the inner surfaces of teeth -- the surface that your tongue presses against. Skipping your back teeth, molars and pre-molars while brushing can cause cavities and also lead to bad breath. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
After brushing, rinsing the toothbrush and your mouth with water is extremely crucial. Bacteria are known to grow on an un-rinsed toothbrush. Thoroughly washing the brush will help you getting rid of any leftover toothpaste and particles stuck in the bristles. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
The tongue should be given some much-needed attention too. A tongue cleaner or scraper should be used to kill the bacteria present in that area of the mouth and hence, freshen your breath. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.
The American Dental Association recommends getting a new brush every three or four months, or even sooner if the bristles look frayed. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.