Brushing our teeth has become second nature to us, but we are not always doing it right. It seems like such an easy task to perform, but it’s very easy to make mistakes that could end up harming our teeth instead of helping them.
Give It Time
Dentists recommend that we should be brushing teeth at least twice a day, three times a day being ideal, for about two minutes. However, most people fall short of two minutes and are not properly cleaning their teeth. Far too many people just quickly brush their teeth so they can start their day, but brushing teeth is not something that should be rushed. You need to make sure that you are properly brushing your teeth in the recommended amount of time. To make sure you are brushing for the appropriate amount of time, divide you mouth into 4 sections (top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right) and spend 30 seconds in each section. There are also toothbrushes that have built in timers to help you keep track of how long you have been brushing for.
Don’t Overdue It
Although it seems odd, there is such a thing as brushing too much. Brushing too many times in a day can wear down tooth enamel and damage your gums. Brushing too hard, such bearing down too hard and brushing too fast, can also wear down your enamel. To avoid this make sure to use a lighter touch and don’t brush too fast. It doesn’t take much force to remove plaque, you are not achieving anything by brushing any harder.
A Clean Brush
A common mistake that people make is that they don’t rinse their toothbrush off when they are done. Germs from your mouth and teeth can stay on your toothbrush if it is not rinsed off every time you brush. You shouldn’t use any sort of disinfectant to clean your toothbrush, just rinse it off in hot water and let it air dry.
People often don’t get rid of their toothbrush until they are gross and disgusting, or unless they drop it on the floor. Once the bristles of your toothbrush start to lose their normal flexibility and start to break apart, it is time to get a new toothbrush. Frayed or broken bristles won’t clean your teeth. It is important to replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months and to pick the best kind of toothbrush for you.
As always, don’t forget to visit Valley Dental regularly for your teeth cleaning!