24 Jul 2014
Regular teeth brushing is the key to preventing most dental infections and inflammations including cavities, periodontal disease and gum disease. Unfortunately many of us make some basic mistakes when it comes to brushing or using the right products to keep your mouth bacteria and cavity free. That is why we put together the list of the most common mistakes all of us do during our dental hygiene routine and how to avoid these in order to keep your smile healthy and protected throughout the years.
1. Hard-bristled tooth brushes. Now a lot of people think that the harder the bristles are on a toothbrush and the more you will succeed ion getting off dirt from your teeth. in reality that is not true. Hard bristles could easily damage your tooth enamel as well as gums so you should get yourself a toothbrush with soft bristles and make sure you don’t put too much pressure in your movement while brushing.
2. Using a ton of toothpaste. Again the rule of the more the better does not apply here. You should only cover half the brush with toothpaste and choose toothpastes with fluoride.
3. The two-minute rule isn’t really true. Well, actually it is! According to all research in recent years concerning the necessary time to make sure your teeth are truly clean, two minutes is the minimum requirement to achieve just that. Today most electronic toothbrushes are accessorised with a two-minute count down watch and if you prefer manual toothbrushes, you can always count down from 120 to 0 to make sure you don’t go under 2 minutes.
4. Your tongue is clean. No, it’s not. The tongue is usually covered in bacteria coming from what you drink or eat during the day, so to make sure you remove the bacteria you should use a tongue scraper and clean up your tongue before you go to sleep.
5. Toothbrushes can be kept anywhere and are clean as long as I rinse it. Again, this is a big mistake. Toothbrushes should be rinsed and stored into a special toothbrush case in order to prevent bacteria from landing on the bristles. Just think of all the bacteria in your toilet that can easily reach toothbrushes if kept anywhere near such as on the sink.
Make sure to avoid these mistakes and you will be preventing more dental problems than you know. You have our experts’ word for it!