Regular twice a day proper brushing is extremely important for the maintenance of good oral hygiene. It helps to remove plaque, which causes tooth decay and gum diseases. Although most people claim to be taking care of their teeth, they often make mistakes while brushing the teeth. These mistakes must be avoided to maintain a healthy mouth.
1. Not brushing for the right length of time
Teeth should be brushed for approximately 2 minutes. All the surfaces of the teeth should be cleaned, not neglecting any part of the teeth at all.
2. Rinsing mouth with water after brushing
After Spitting out the toothpaste, do not rinse your mouth with a water. That flushes away the fluoride and reduces the efficiency of brushing. Use a mouthwash instead of rinsing.
3. Not changing the tooth brush every 3 months
The toothbrush bristles lose their flexibility and become frayed after being used for a couple of months. So make sure to change it every three months.
4. Not using dental floss
Flossing at least once a day is very important because a toothbrush doesn’t reaches between your teeth to clean the plaque.
5. Not cleaning your tongue
It is important to clean your tongue with the toothbrush or the tongue scraper at the back of the brush. It prevents bad odor & removes bacteria.
6. Using a hard, stiff toothbrush
Always chose a brush with soft or extra soft bristles.
7. Brushing with a wrong angle and with incorrect brushing technique
Brushing should be done gently with light strokes in a circular motion, not back and forth. An electric toothbrush is preferable.
8. Brushing multiple times a day
Brushing more than twice a day actually damages the gums and erodes the enamel. Two times a day, done properly is enough. Other than that, make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after food before you brush your teeth.
Avoiding the above mistakes would considerably improve your dental hygiene oral health.