6 Mistakes we make when brushing our teeth

We are all very familiar with the recommendation to brush our teeth twice a day but what most of us don’t know is that brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to keep your teeth healthy.  You also need to make sure you brush properly and avoid making these six common mistakes for a healthy looking smile.


Mistake #1:  Keeping the toothbrush for too long

The life of toothbrush is three month. Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every three months or when it shows signs of wear whatever comes first. Frayed bristles will not clean your teeth and gums adequately.


Mistake #2: Not brushing long enough

It is recommended to brush the teeth for at least for two minutes. 2 minutes is the amount of time that takes to get to every tooth, and the time it takes for the fluoride to ‘kick in’ before you rinse it.


Mistake #3: Rinsing with water

This is a very common mistake. We are all too used to rinse with water after brushing. However, when you rinse your mouth with water you actually wash out the fluoride off your teeth and therefore not effective. It is better to spit the access of toothpaste without rinsing.

If you find it hard not to rinse with water, try rinsing with mouthwash to help keep the fluoride in and protect your teeth from cavities.


Mistake #4: Not Flossing

Flossing compliments toothbrushing. It helps you reach places the toothbrush doesn’t reach, like in between your teeth. It not only removes plaque from your teeth it also makes your gums stronger and very efficient in preventing gum disease. It is recommended to floss daily.


Mistake #5 not cleaning your tongue

your tongue is an integral part of your oral health, and you should be cleaning it when you brush your teeth. This will also help fight bad breath.


Mistake #6 Using a hard toothbrush

There are many types of toothbrushes in the market. You can usually find extra-soft, soft, medium or firm-bristled toothbrushes. Make sure you choose a Soft or extra soft toothbrush which will get the work done as good without damaging your gums.

Now you know what to avoid, make sure you incorporate these tips into your daily oral hygiene routine for a healthy-looking smile.



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