Few things are as simple as brushing your teeth, right?
Wrong! As easy as it may seem to do, very few of us brush our teeth as well as we should. Keeping this in mind, here are seven of the most common mistakes and how to fix them.
Mistake 1: Picking the wrong brush
Is your brush selection just vibes and “Insha Allah”? If yes, you may be getting it wrong.
Make sure your brush can cover the places that need covering. That’s everywhere you should be able to reach with a toothbrush.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a power toothbrush or manual one, the one major rule is that your brush should have soft bristles that can bend and get right under your gums.
Mistake 2: Brushing like you’re washing jeans.
A lot of people feel like if they really don’t go at the teeth like they’re trying to clean the grout in their bathroom tile, that they’re not doing the right job. However, plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub.
The best way to fix this is to take away the mental image of ‘scrub’ and replace it with the word ‘massage.’
Mistake 3: Rushing your brush.
You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. But what if you’re late for work or something? Isn’t it okay to cut that brushing short once in a while?
Don’t. Two minutes won’t kill you.
Mistake 4: Being in a long-term relationship with your toothbrush.
When you find a good toothbrush, it’s sometimes hard to let go. However, toothbrushes become less effective when the bristles become frayed so change it at least every 3 to 4 months. Relationships with brushes should be brief so try not to get too attached.
Mistake 5: Brushing back and forth
It’s a common brushing error – going along your teeth, left to right. Again, think massage, not scrub. Start from the gum, and go up and down,” in little circular, up-and-down motions. Not doing so, causes damage.
Mistake 6: Avoiding Your Tongue
Many people forget or do not brush their tongue, but it’s a very important step in the dental hygiene routine. It removes built-up bacteria and prevents bad breath. Many toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner on the opposite side of the bristles but you can also get a tongue scraper for more thorough cleaning.
Tip: try breathing when brushing the tongue to avoid the gag reflex.
Mistake 7: Brushing Right After Eating
If you think brushing right after eating or drinking is good for your mouth – think again: you’ll actually be harming your teeth. After eating, saliva has a higher acid content so brushing right after a meal causes the acid to rub deeper into the enamel of your teeth.
Wait for an hour after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth. You can chew sugar-free gum or drink water if you feel uncomfortable just waiting without brushing the remnants off.