NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3 FEBRUARY 2021 – BRUSHING TECHNIQUE
9 mistakes that you may be making while brushing your teeth. It’s something you (should) do twice a day, every day. But it’s not as simple as just scrubbing and rinsing.
- Using the wrong toothbrush
All toothbrush bristles have a rating — hard, medium, soft, and extra soft. Just ignore the medium and hard bristles altogether. Hard and medium brushes will eventually wear out the enamel of your teeth and cause a traumatic recession of gums especially if done the wrong way. Imagine you have a broom and you’re trying to get the dust out of a corner. If you had a really stiff broom, you’d wind up scuffing up the wall. A soft broom would take the shape of a corner and remove the dust easily. The same goes for your toothbrush.
- Using an old brush
You should buy a new toothbrush or, if you use an electric toothbrush, replace the head every three months. If you forget, pay attention to the bristles. When they begin to feel soft and lose their original shape, it’s time to pitch it (or at least retire it to the cleaning cabinet).
- Not going in circles
Every dentist will say it: The correct way to brush your teeth is in small circular movements. Remember that the only thing you should be removing is leftover food debris — not brushing so hard that you ruin your enamel. Most people use a sawing motion back and forth, which can cause damage to the gums and tooth abrasion. This can lead to root exposure and sensitivity.
- Using whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes are not very efficient. Either they are made of coarse particles to remove extrinsic staining or they won’t be staying on tooth surfaces long enough to give you the desired effect. Consider using a normal fluoridated toothpaste to fight plaque and use whitening gel with a custom made tray.
- Forgetting your tongue
Your tongue harvests the MOST number of bacteria within the mouth This will cause bad breath and tooth decay. As you’re brushing your teeth, remember to scrape the surface of your tongue in a forward motion. This will pull all of that bacteria forward before you finish. Consider getting a tongue scraper or simply just use your toothbrush.
- Not flossing
“Flossing is 40% of the job,” You need to floss daily. No matter how good a toothbrush, it will never reach between teeth. So if you are not flossing. you are simply not cleaning the area. This will lead to getting decay, gum disease and bad breath and the list goes on…
- Using the wrong mouthwash
You only need to use a mouthwash if you like it, and if you’re going to use it, stick with an alcohol-free variety. Alcohol based mouthwashes are a big NO if you are a smoker as they act as a solvent to the carcinogens (cancer causing materials) allowing them to enter your body much quicker. Your mouth needs saliva in order to clean itself, and alcohol can dry out your mouth. And before making your kids rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, check with your dentist. Don’t just automatically assume your kids should use one.
- Not brushing for long enough
Ever timed yourself on how long you brush for? 2 minutes can be a LONG time. However, if you want to be thorough, that’s how long it will take. Consider getting a timer or use the timer indicators on your electric toothbrushes.
- Not considering an electric toothbrush
It’s worth it to invest in a quality electric toothbrush. It does all of the work for you and doesn’t overpower your teeth. Ensure you get an electric toothbrush with a pressure indicator so that you don’t press too hard and ALWAYS use a soft bristle whether it is an electric toothbrush or manual.
Interesting dentistry facts #3:
Teeth start to form in the womb
You use four different types of teeth in your mouth to eat: incisors, canine, premolars and molars.
Humans spend 38.5 days of their lives brushing their teeth.
Women smile more than men , and children are 26 times more likely to laugh than an adult
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