Most of us have been brushing our teeth ever since we learnt how to hold a toothbrush. Despite that, you’d be surprised by how many people do it wrong. What’s worse, simple brushing mistakes can end up damaging our teeth in the long run.
Do you think you brush your teeth the right way? Well, how about putting your teeth brushing skills to the test?
The proper way to brush your teeth
Let’s start by quickly overviewing the guidelines dentists specify for brushing teeth:
- First, clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth by gently stroking the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle away from the gum line. Gradually work your way towards cleaning the outer surfaces of your lower teeth.
- Next, clean the inner surfaces of your upper and lower teeth. Make sure you thoroughly clean the entire surface, especially the crevices between those surfaces.
- Finally, brush your tongue, so your mouth is completely clean.
It’s recommended that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.
Common teeth brushing mistakes we make
Now let’s talk about teeth brushing mistakes that most of us make.
1) Using a hard toothbrush
Unless advised by your dentist, never use a hard toothbrush to brush your teeth; soft bristles are always the way to go. Using a hard toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums.
2) Scrubbing the teeth
Many people think scrubbing their teeth will help get rid of plaque more effectively. This simply isn’t true. Plaque is loose and soft, and you don’t have to go hard on your teeth to get rid of it. In fact, scrubbing only damages your teeth.
3) Brushing left to right
This is another common brushing boo-boo. Brushing your teeth left to right or right to left isn’t an effective way of brushing. Always start from the gum, move up, and then move down in a circular motion for effective plaque removal.
4) Not brushing the gum line
Bad bacteria often like to hang around the gum line. Not brushing the gum line leaves your mouth unclean and bad bacteria free to produce plaque. Always brush your gum line when brushing your teeth.
So how did you fare in the test?
Are you brushing your teeth the right way?
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