Brushing teeth is one of the first things we all do in the morning. But would you be surprised to know that many of us do not follow the right process while brushing?
Improper brushing may lead to a lot of our dental problems.
Most of us learnt how to brush watching our parents. So, we learnt the habit of brushing long before we visited our first dentist. As a result, it is easy to fall back on our old brushing habit, even after our dentists told us how to brush.
Here are the most common mistakes we make while brushing.
Keeping the same brush for too long.
Broken and frayed bristles don’t work too well. So it is best to change our toothbrush once every 3-4 months. Instead of going for a fancy brand, opt for a safe, wooden handled toothbrush with nylon bristles.
Brushing too hard and too fast
No matter what you see on TV about fast acting toothpaste, brush slowly and gently for at least two minutes. There is no substitute for gentle cleaning action. Hum a song or listen to music, but take the time to brush slow and with light pressure.
Using hard bristles
Many people use a hard-bristled toothbrush to ensure it stays good for a long time. Hard bristles can hurt your gums and cause unnecessary bleeding. Always opt for a soft bristle toothbrush.
Using a big toothbrush
This is one of the most common mistakes people do. The size of your mouth is set and will not change quickly. So, choose the size of your brush based on your mouth size. If you have a small mouth, use a kid-sized brush instead of a big one. A smaller brush head can access hard to reach places a lot easier.