Tooth brushing is such an ingrained habit, few people think twice about it. But as with any habit, you can get sloppy, and that can lead to cavities and gum disease
Here are 10 common tooth brushing mistakes and how to fix them.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 1: Not Using the Right Toothbrush
‘The handle has to be comfortable It should feel as comfortable as holding a fork when you eat.
The more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly. A person who brushes well with a manual will do as well as a person who brushes well with an electric, itâ€™s not the toothbrush, and itâ€™s the brusher.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 2: Not Picking the Right Bristle
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 3: Not brushing often enough or long enough
Brushing should last at least two minutes, Three minutes is even better. Most people fall short of both time lines, divide the mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds a quadrant. Some toothbrushes include built-in timers.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 4: Brushing too often or too hard
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 5: Not Brushing Correctly
Be sure to brush outer and inner tooth surfaces, the chewing surfaces, and your tongue.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 6: Starting in the Same Place Each Time
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 7: Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces
“The plaque you can’t see is just as important to remove as the plaque you can see. The most commonly skipped area, is the inner surface of the front teeth.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 8: Not Following Up With a Rinse
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 9: Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry If you have a toothbrush that’s perpetually moist, it will cultivate more bacteria. If the bristles stay soggy, you can misshape them as you use the brush, or it might be a breeding ground for bacteria.
It’s a good idea to shake out the moisture, and then recap it with a cap that allows air in.
Tooth brushing Mistake No. 10: Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough
But rather than go by a strict timeline, once the bristles lose their normal flexibility and start to break apart, change your toothbrush .Some brushes have colored indicators that alert you when they need replacing, Price says.