Cleaning your teeth is a twice-daily activity but according to the experts, many of us are getting it wrong. In fact, there are apparently 11 mistakes you make brushing your teeth.
Brushing too often, or for not long enough is just one of the reasons. Another is that most do not replace their toothbrush often enough. If you brush twice a day for a full month, you should be replacing your toothbrush every 3 months or no more than 200 uses.
How To Brush Teeth Properly Infographic
via River Valley Dental
Before we share the remaining mistakes, we thought we would share this helpful infographic from River Valley Dental.
This shows the correct way to brush your teeth. It is important that you don’t apply too much pressure, especially if you use an electric toothbrush. You should also use a 45-degree angle when brushing and gentle, circular motion.
11 Mistakes You Are Making Brushing Your Teeth
Are you ready to check out the 11 mistakes that we are all making? Number 4, in particular, will leave your jaw on the floor! We highly recommend that you invest a few minutes and watch the quick video. To view, click Play above ^
11 Mistakes You Make
Mistake #1 Using a toothbrush too long
If you brush twice a day, that’s 200 uses over 31 days. The bristles start to spray and become ineffective. It’s time to buy a new brush.
Mistake #2 Not Brushing Teeth Long Enough
Did you know that 2 minutes is the recommended time for brushing your teeth according to Dentists? Try using a stopwatch or putting the alarm on your phone.
Mistake #3 Rinsing Out Mouth With Water
Many rinse their mouths out with water after brushing. This removes the active ingredients. You need to give your toothpaste time to work its magic. If you like to rinse, do so with a mouthwash.
Mistake #4 Storing Toothbrush In Bathroom
We all store our toothbrushes in the bathroom and 1/2 those tested had fecal residue. In other words, there is poop on your toothbrush! Take it out of the bathroom and relocate it or pop it in a wet pack!
Mistake #5 Not Flossing
Flossing is an integral part of oral health and one that is mostly overlooked.
Mistake #6 Not Cleaning Tongue
Invest in a tongue scraper, spoon or use your toothbrush to scrape your tongue after brushing. This removes toxins and bacteria and will ensure you don’t suffer bad breath.
Mistake #7 Using Too Hard A Toothbrush
Using too hard a toothbrush can damage your tooth enamel, cause gum recession and make them bleed. Use a soft or extra-soft toothbrush.
Mistake #8 Brushing Technique
Many brush straight across their teeth. The correct way is to brush in circles.
Mistake #9 Not Using An Angle
Another common mistake is to keep your toothbrush upright when brushing. The proper technique is to use a 45-degree angle.
Mistake #10 Using Same Routine
When we do things the same way, and every day, we tend to get lazy. Try altering your routine and mixing things up a bit.
Mistake #11 Over-Brushing
Brushing More than twice a day can lead to damage. Don’t overdo things. Twice a day is the recommended amount. You should also wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush.