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4 Common Mistakes Made When Brushing Teeth

October 2020

We have been brushing our teeth since childhood, but are we doing it the right way? Let’s find out what mistakes we are making in cleaning our teeth.

The importance of brushing your teeth

The most important reason to brush your teeth is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When you eat food, after some time it starts to decompose which leads to the formation of bacteria in your mouth. This eventually leads to the formation of plaque. If plaque is not removed it will start to erode your teeth and this would lead to gum disease. If you are using the right technique to brush your teeth there is a chance that it will help to remove stains from your teeth. Regular brushing will also reduce your time in your dentist’s clinic.

1. Brushing for less than 2 minutes

We all are busy in our lives but brushing the right way is important too. Spending less than 2 minutes is of no use. If you spend less than 2 minutes you won’t be able to remove plaque from your teeth and it would lead to tooth decay. It has also been noticed that some people brush for only 45 seconds which is bad as the proper removal of plaque won’t happen and you’ll need to visit a dentist really soon.

2. Brushing too hard

We all know about the problems that arise when we don’t brush, but certain problems arise when we brush too hard. Brushing too hard has a direct impact on our gums. It can lead to receding gums. This could further lead to tooth sensitivity, cavity, and sensitivity. Brushing too hard can also remove the enamel from your teeth.

3. Missing the back of your teeth

It is very easy to brush those parts of your teeth that are visible to you and you can pay more attention to them. Though it is not the right thing to do, you should brush the teeth at the back also. As when we don’t brush them properly and ignore them then there is the formation of plaque on them which causes the attack of bacteria and tooth decay. You should also stick to the fact that the inner part of your teeth is as important as the outer part of your teeth.

4. Using the same toothbrush for longer than 3 months

The average life of your toothbrush is 3 months and after that, they are not useful and as efficient in cleaning your teeth as they were earlier. After about using your brush for over 200 times you need to change your brush. The bristles of your toothbrush are worn out after that and you should not use your brush after it loses its flexibility. Moreover, it is also noticed that after a few months bacteria and dirt particles start to accumulate on your brush.

By avoiding these 4 common tooth brushing mistakes, you can ensure you’re giving yourself the best chance at preventing gum disease and plaque.