Teeth brushing mistakes you're making
You most certainly brush your teeth, as you're keen on having a pleasant breath and a nice, white smile.
But are you brushing correctly? Are you doing it at the right time?
We've compiled a guide to common brushing mistakes, and how to do it right.
You are brushing at the wrong time
- You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, though three times is better.
- Brushing before bed is a must. Removing bacteria from your mouth prevents them from attacking your teeth overnight.
- In the morning, brush your teeth before breakfast, to remove the bacteria and plaque that has accumulated overnight.
- You can also brush after lunch, but not more. Brushing too often can damage your gums.
You're brushing and spitting
- Once you've brushed your teeth, you probably rinse your mouth with water to get rid of the toothpaste flavour.
- This is a mistake. You should not rinse your mouth, merely spit out the toothpaste.
- This will leave a coating of fluoride on your teeth, which helps prevent tooth decay by inhibiting the chemical processes of plaque bacteria.
You’re not brushing for long enough, or too long
- A quick once over will not do. You should brush 2 to 3 minutes each time.
- Anything less, and you may not properly clean your teeth.
- Brushing for too long may irritate your gums.
You are using the wrong toothbrush
- If you shop for your toothbrush on the basis of price or colour, think again.
- The key thing in choosing a toothbrush is head size and bristle hardness.
- The brush should be the right size for your mouth, not too big. You can tell it's too big if you're struggling to open your mouth wide to brush.
- Buy a brush with bristles that are soft, as hard bristles can irritate your gums, especially if you brush too hard.
- The bristles should be able to remove the plaque but not damage your teeth.
To Be Continued....