Did you know that most people make quite a number of mistakes when they brush their teeth? Although you may be brushing your teeth regularly, if you’re making mistakes then it isn’t going to be that effective and could lead to dental issues in the long term.
Rather than remaining ignorant of any potential mistakes and only realizing them later on, it may be a good idea to go over these common brushing mistakes so that you’re aware of them and know what to do:
- Not using the right toothbrush
One of the most common mistakes that people make when brushing is simply selecting the wrong toothbrush. As a rule you should stick to toothbrushes with soft bristles, and ensure the head is the right size so that it can easily fit into your mouth and move around to reach every surface.
- Brushing too hard
Another common mistake you may be making is assuming that brushing harder is better. The goal of brushing is to remove plaque, which is soft and loose so you don’t need to ‘scrub it out’. Although tartar is harder, brushing regularly should prevent tartar from ever forming – and it isn’t intended to remove it as that will require dental cleaning.
- Replacing toothbrushes too late
It may seem odd, but people are generally quite attached to their toothbrushes and often replace them far later than they should. If you notice that your brushes are starting to get bent, discolored, or showing any signs of wear and tear – you should toss it in the bin and get a new one. If you don’t, your brushing may no longer effectively remove plaque.
- Not waiting long enough after meals
As you probably know it is advisable to brush your teeth thoroughly after meals so that you can clean out any plaque that has built up. However did you know that you shouldn’t brush immediately after you eat, but should wait at least 10 to 20 minutes? Right after you eat your mouth is full of acid that is breaking down the food in it, so brushing at that point will erode your enamel.
- Rushing when you brush
When you brush you need to cover all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly, and if you rush it is unlikely that you’ll do so. Typically you should be brushing for at least 2 minutes or more, and if you are finishing sooner than that then odds are you aren’t being as thorough as you should be and you’re likely to leave behind plaque.
If you are concerned that you’re making mistakes when you brush your teeth, ask your NHS dentist Camborne about it during your next regular checkup. After they check your teeth they’ll be able to let you know whether your brushing has been effective or whether it could use some work. At the end of the day it is always best to clear up any doubts and ensure you’re brushing your teeth effectively, as it could help you to prevent various dental issues in the long term.