Small Mistakes You May Be Making While Brushing Your Teeth
Think you might be making some small mistakes when you are brushing? Check out this blog for some quick tips and helpful hints.
You Only Brush in the Morning
Everyone brushes their teeth in the morning, but a lot of people skip brushing their teeth at night. It is equally as important to brush your teeth before bed because bacteria in your mouth will feed on any leftover food that is trapped between your teeth and this will lead to decay and cavities. If you do decide to have a late night snack, remember to brush your teeth before you head off to sleep.
You Use the Wrong Technique
When brushing your teeth make sure to use a circular motion instead of going back and forth. Pay attention to your back teeth, since these are often times overlooked and contain the most plaque.
Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Using a medium to hard toothbrush with excess force can actually cause damage to your gums. Hard bristles and hard pressure can actually cause your gums to recede, exposing the surface of your roots. Instead, go for a soft bristled toothbrush. The soft bristles will be able to gently remove any food particles or plaque that may have built up around your gums. If the plaque isn’t removed, there is a more likely chance that you’ll get gum disease.
You Forget to Rinse
Just brushing your teeth alone won’t get rid of food and bacteria in your mouth. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash after you brush your teeth and swish for at least 30 seconds. If you do not have mouthwash, use water instead.
Replace Your Toothbrush
The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you are sick, definitely get and use a new toothbrush after you get better.
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