Don't Make These Toothbrushing Mistakes

6 November 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Let's say you are 30 years old. You've been brushing your teeth for 30 years, but is there a chance you could have been doing it wrong this entire time? Unfortunately, incorrect brushing is more common than you might think. Could you be making some brushing mistakes? These are the most common mistakes people make when they brush.

Using the Wrong Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are made with the same quality in mind. Many toothbrushes simply don't provide the reach you need to get to every part of your smile. Many toothbrushes are also way too hard for your teeth. Soft bristles are best for your teeth because they get to the gum without causing damage and wearing down your teeth.

Don't forget that you need to change toothbrushes every few months — sooner if your toothbrush bristles are discolored or bent.

Rushing Through the Process

Brushing for the full length of time each day is very important. Set a timer for a couple of minutes and ensure that you brush for the full amount of time. You will feel the difference in your teeth and feel much better.

Brushing Too Hard

Brushing hard is not great for your teeth. Don't scrub your teeth. Instead, brush lightly. Plaque can become loose without much force. Think about brushing as rubbing your teeth with the brush instead of trying to scrub them.

Brushing in a Straight Line

One of the biggest problems is brushing your teeth in a straight line rather than in a circular motion. Don't go back and forth over the same areas. Rather, move your toothbrush around in circles as you approach the gums. The gum line gathers a lot of debris, and you need to make sure that you get all of that stuff out of the gum line. You also need to make sure you brush the tongue and the gums themselves.

Brushing Too Soon After Eating

The foods and beverages you consume can make your teeth acidic. When you brush your teeth when the acid is in your mouth, you risk brushing away the enamel on your teeth. Wait for a while after you eat or drink to brush your teeth or you may risk your teeth becoming permanently damaged.

The good news is that you can correct many of the mistakes you've made with your brushing habits. You should brush at least twice a day, and it is never too late to correct your habits. Next time you go to a teeth cleaning appointment, ask the hygienist for tips on brushing your teeth more effectively.