Brushing your teeth is such an essential part of your daily routine that you most likely do it without thinking. This, as any dentist will agree, is a grave mistake as you need to make sure that your teeth are getting the care and attention that they need to remain strong and healthy.
The next time you’re brushing, consider these five key things that you are probably forgetting to do and work on fixing them:
Brush for at least 2 minutes
How long do you spend brushing your teeth? Are you usually done and dusted in 30 seconds? According to dentists, the key mistake that many people make is that they do not dedicate enough time to brushing.
At least two minutes is needed to brush all of your teeth, including those hard-to-reach wisdom teeth. Any less than that and you are definitely missing spots. And, although it might seem harmless, if you miss those same spots often enough plaque and decay will creep in and create all kinds of problems
Brush front and back
We are all guilty of spending too much time brushing the front facing sides of our teeth and neglecting to brush the back of the teeth, those facing the tongue and palate.
You might not be able to physically see those areas of your teeth when looking in the mirror but you need to spend just as much time brushing those as plaque build-ups can occur there too.
Always Wait At Least 30 minutes
It can be damaging for your teeth to be brushed h immediately after eating food. During this period, the pH-levels inside your mouth is lower than usual, and more acidic, so brushing can be very rough and destructive.
Do you tend to forget how gentle your gums are? In trying to squeeze in two minutes of brushing into our mornings and evenings, we can often get a little too vigorous with a toothbrush.
While it may seem wise to brush hard, it can actually be damaging to your gums and teeth. Brushing too hard can loosen teeth and break down gum tissue so go easy, and always use a soft toothbrush.
Don’t Start Brushing in the Same Place
There is research that suggest that most people generally start brushing their teeth in the same place. By the time you reach the last part, you may be a little uninterested and end up paying less attention to these areas. Richard Price, an adviser for the American Dental Association, suggests starting in a different place of your mouth every time so all of your teeth receive the attention.
Floss, floss, floss!
Your dentist isn’t trying to annoy you when they recommend flossing. Flossing isn’t an optional element of a dental hygiene routine; it is a critical one. Brushing isn’t enough as food particles can embed themselves in the crevices of your gums and teeth so it is vital that brushing is combined with flossing to prevent decay.
Pay Close Attention To The Inner Side Of Your Teeth And Your Molars
While this might sound rational, most people brush their front teeth more than the others. Although these are the teeth people see, all of your teeth need identical attention. Pay further attention to your the inner side of your teeth and molars, as these are the parts your tongue is most often pushed against.
Brush your Tongue
The tongue can gather as much plaque as teeth yet many adults forget to include this area when brushing. Neglecting the tongue can result in bad breath and other kinds of nasty side effects. After you finish brushing your teeth, brush your tongue for 20 to 30 seconds to ensure complete oral hygiene.
Gum disease treatment many have to be used if you don’t adhere to this suggestion. So, by adjusting your daily dental hygiene routine to incorporate the above five frequently forgotten elements can go a long way to protecting your oral health and ensuring that you can flash a smile with confidence.
Keep your Brush Clean
You may think that your toothbrush looks clean after you have completed brushing, bacteria that can cause cavities and bad breath can grow on the brush. Always thoroughly rinse the toothbrush when you’ve finished to help eliminate the harmful bacteria.
It is also good to buy a cup to store your toothbrush in, as leaving the toothbrush touching the sink or counter could allow it to pick up other bacteria from your bathroom.
Ensure You Replace your Toothbrush every Two to Three Months
While most people struggle to brush their teeth for a long enough period, it has been found that most keep their toothbrushes for far too long. The American Dental Association suggests you change your brush every two to three months, as the bristles become worn and less effective. The brush can grow bacteria on the brush and handle.
Brittnay was an HR professional in London before making the move to Dublin. She passionate about travel, health and nutrition, you will find her at The Travelling House Sitters.