Monday, March 19, 2012

Teeth brushing Mistakes - Part 1/2

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....