Here are the five biggest and most common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth.
Brushing your teeth is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. However, many people do not pay due attention or do not do it properly. A 2019 study found that 31% of Americans don’t brush your teeth twice a day. 2% generally answered that “from time to time/at all” they do not clean. In addition, 12% of participants reported that the longest time they didn’t brush their teeth was two daysI.
The concrete results are shocking. People who do not take care of their teeth twice a day, have an increased risk of dental disease, caries and gingivitis.
However, even if you brush your teeth twice a day, you can be at risk if you do it wrong. Here are five of the most common mistakes you can make when brushing your teeth:
1. Don’t use the same toothbrush for too long. As much as you love your toothbrush, you should change it often. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Replacement is necessary because after a while the toothbrush is damaged and loses its effectiveness.
2. Take your time. The average brushing time across the country is only 45 seconds.. This is less than half the time recommended by the ADA. Necessary brush your teeth for a full two minutesto make sure you’ve removed plaque and food debris.
3. The harder the brush, the better. Although it may seem counterintuitive, a toothbrush with soft bristles is more effectivethan with stiff bristles. Soft bristles are great for removing plaque and food, while hard bristles are best for removing stains as well as cleaning dentures. Daily use of a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear away enamel and damage gum tissue..
4. Don’t forget your teeth. First, you must clean whole mouth small circular motions. Do not brush your teeth only on the outside. You should also brush your gum line and tongue from the side of your mouth. Also, make sure you are doing enough reps. Bacteria are found not only on the teeth, but also on the tongue.
5. Wait before cleaning. Have you ever met a person who does he brush his teeth immediately after eating? It’s actually harmful. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating, especially after acidic foods, leads to erosion and destruction of the enamel. The ADA recommends waiting 1 hour before brushing your teeth after eating. This gives your saliva a chance to neutralize any acid and will result in a better overall mouth cleansing.