9 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is easy, right? After all, you’ve been doing it since you were a child. But is it really as easy as you think? You might be surprised by the different mistakes you might be making when you brush your teeth.
- You have a toothbrush with extremely hard bristles.
You may not have looked closely at the packaging your toothbrush came in, but you should. Each toothbrush is distinguished by how hard its bristles are. Most people should be using “extra soft” or “soft” in order to protect your enamel.
- You brush extra hard.
People often think that by brushing harder, they are doing a better job at cleaning their teeth. But this is not the case. You can be damaging your tooth enamel and gums when you brush extremely hard. When it comes to brushing your teeth, it is not the time to show off how strong you are.
- Your brush at the wrong angle.
Yes, there is a recommended angle you should be brushing at – 45 degrees. This is what the American Dental Association recommends in its guidelines to maximize your brushing efficiency.
- You don’t pay attention to your brushing.
Everyone is really busy, but when you’re brushing your teeth, be sure to pay attention to the task at hand. This will ensure that you are cleaning ALL of your teeth.
- You don’t brush long enough.
This is another common mistake people make. Did you know that the recommended amount of time to spend brushing your teeth is two minutes? Set a time next time you brush. You may be surprised by how long two minutes actually is.
- You only brush in the morning.
Morning breath may lead you in to brush your teeth at the start of each day, but don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth, too. Morning brushing is just not enough.
- You don’t brush your tongue.
Your tongue is a source for lots of bacteria that can lead to bad breath. Be sure to give it a thorough brush.
- You don’t floss.
No, this is not brushing, but it’s a critical step to your oral health. Flossing helps to get rid of food and bacteria between your teeth and below the gum line. Floss once per day.
- You have a toothbrush with worn bristles.
Take a look at your toothbrush. What do the bristles look like? Are they worn down and frayed? Then it’s time to get a new toothbrush. Your toothbrush can’t do its job with worn bristles.
How many of these mistakes are you making? Today’s the day to correct these mistakes and improve your oral health.