Did you ever wonder if you got it right?
Did you mechanically follow through the teeth brushing routine every day and night and didn’t give it much thought?
Did you ever go looking for info if you were doing it right or if you were brushing the wrong way all these years?
Well, just so you know, and for you to find out if you’ve been doing it right, DentoXpert has put together an article that just highlights the mistakes we make while brushing, and if you seem to come under any of these, then you know, you have not been doing it right!
Here is a list of 7 things that you are doing terribly wrong while saying hello to your 32 friends in your mouth every morning
Brushing and Flossing is like body and mind, you can’t remove one from the other:
The common narrative that exists is that flossing is not all that important because it’s just somehow a fancier concept, but flossing every day is absolutely imperative for basic oral hygiene and cleaner teeth.
Don’t brush like you’re violently scraping a stone on a wall
There is such a thing as brushing too hard. It’s a common notion that putting in more physical effort into your brushing can somehow give you better results, but that, of course, is a myth because brushing too hard damages your gums and destroys your enamel layer.
Half the right angle is the right way
Always brush at a 45 degree angle along the gum line because this guarantees efficient cleaning of teeth. This particular angle also ensures that all teeth are cleaned right from the bottom to the top and defines a level of uniformity in the process.
Always go around in circles
It’s important to note that brushing up and down results in zero benefits because there is no sense of uniformity and assurance that every teeth and every part of every teeth is cleaned. It is advised that one should always brush in gentle circles, starting from the innermost set of teeth and move to the front.
In this case, do blame your tools!
The bristles on your toothbrush play an important role in maintaining your oral care and hygiene. Believe it or not, the ‘’make’’ of your toothbrush has a lot to do with your brushing. It is suggested that one should use a brush which has soft and medium sized bristles in order to avoid gum damage and provide a better overall experience.
The size of your toothbrush is also rather relevant. If you have a small mouth, use a toothbrush with a smaller head and use the same logic if you have a bigger mouth.
Once a day is simply not enough
Brushing once a day is not sufficient at all because the fluoride in the toothpaste lasts only for twelve hours. Also, the food consumed during this period leave germs and start destroying the enamel layer if not removed at night before sleeping.
How long is too long?
Research points out that most people brush only for an average of 45 seconds which is too short a time for the fluoride to get attached to the enamel and leave its positive footprints. One needs to brush for at least two minutes to allow the benefits of modern toothpaste to kick in. A simple way to do this is to keep a timer or really count 120 in your head.
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