Brushing our teeth would seem to be a simple action that all of us can do with our eyes closed. That's what we do in the morning before we wake up. But you can use a toothbrush for years and still do it wrong. After all, the quality of oral care depends on many nuances. And many of them we often simply do not take into account. We've collected 7 of the most common mistakes when brushing teeth, which at least once everyone has made. We'll tell you what the consequences are and how to avoid them.
1. Unsuccessful choice of brush. The shape of the brush, the size of the head, the number of bristles and their hardness depends on the quality of hygiene and the condition of teeth and gums. Guided only by the original design and beautiful packaging when choosing - a mistake. Just like choosing the stiffness of bristles by feel. It's nice to brush your teeth with a soft brush, but it's less effective at removing plaque. And hard bristles act too aggressively - they can traumatize the mucosa and scratch the enamel.It is better to choose a brush with a dentist after a set of professional hygiene. The doctor will assess the condition of your teeth and gums, take into account the presence of fillings and artificial structures on the teeth and advise the best model that best suits you.
2. Using a toothpaste that isn't right for you. There is a wide variety of toothpaste available in stores, but the composition of the toothpaste may not address needs other than cleaning. Consult your dentist to see which toothpaste is best for you.
3. Brush your teeth only once a day. Soft plaque forms on the teeth almost immediately after brushing, and after eating the remains of food help the bacteria to work at an accelerated rate. After a couple of hours, plaque is already visible on the surface. And after 12 hours, it begins to harden and attach tightly to the enamel. Teeth need hygiene twice a day - once every 12 hours you need to brush the plaque off the surface of the enamel.
4. Short cleaning time - less than two minutes. Hygiene takes 30-40 seconds instead of two minutes. During this time, it is not possible to clean all surfaces of the teeth. So, some areas you miss and leave to bacteria that cause tooth decay and gingivitis.
5. Using the brush longer than 3-4 months. The life of a brush is not longer than 3-4 months. During this time, the tips of the bristles wear out, crack, break and bend. The brush generally cleans worse and scratches more. There is also a lot of bacteria settling on the old brush. No matter how you rinse it, bacteria lingers in the old bristles and migrates daily into your mouth, which can cause inflammation and bleeding gums.
6. Frequent and excessive cleaning. More is not better. Brushing your teeth more than twice is obviously too much. You will not get more effect, but irritation of the gums and abrasion of enamel - you risk. Also, do not press the brush to flatten the bristles, rub vigorously and stay on one area longer than others.
7. Neglecting professional hygiene. No matter how well you brush your teeth every day, plaque inevitably accumulates. Especially in hard-to-reach places. When it hardens, you can't deal with it on your own, but you must clean it. Otherwise, you get bad breath, the gums become inflamed, and tooth decay develops.
Visit your dentist once or twice a year. A comprehensive cleaning with professional products, ultrasound and air-jet effectively removes plaque and tartar from all surfaces and hard-to-reach spaces. Plus, your teeth are 1 to 2 shades brighter and your smile is open and confident.