6 Common Mistakes You’re Making While Brushing Your Teeth
By this point, brushing your teeth is probably second nature to you. It’s generally the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning, and so we really don’t give it much thought. However, there are many common mistakes people make while brushing their teeth that you’re probably not aware of. Make sure you know about these mistakes so you can avoid making them and better protect your teeth!
1. You Never Replace Your Toothbrush
If you’ve had the same toothbrush for more than three months (I’m sure most of us are guilty of this!), it’s time to replace it. If your toothbrush’s bristles are frayed or are looking rundown in general, it’s time for a new one.
2. You Use The Wrong Motions
I’ve always thought that when brushing your teeth, you should move the brush side to side. However, dentists suggest using an up-and-down motion, as brushing side to side can actually damage your teeth. Who knew?
3. You Only Brush Your Teeth
Remember, teeth brushing isn’t just about your actual teeth! Make sure you’re brushing your tongue and gums, too, as that’s where the majority of bacteria exists.
4. You Don’t Spend Enough Time Brushing
We’ve all had those mornings where we’re pressed for time and rush through brushing our teeth. However, you should be brushing your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush. You should also be brushing your teeth a minimum of two times each day.
5. You Use The Wrong Toothbrush
Some people prefer traditional toothbrushes, while others prefer the electric type. Regardless of what toothbrush you choose, you need a toothbrush with soft bristles. Soft bristles will reach under the gums without damaging them (or your teeth).
6. You Brush Too Hard
You might think that brushing your teeth with a lot of pressure is more effective. However, brushing your teeth too hard doesn’t clean your teeth any better. It will likely just cause your gums to be sore afterwards.