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Brushing mistakes you must avoid

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Brushing…the irony with it is- it’s an everyday must-do activity yet we make so many mistakes and then complain of bad breath, gum infection, toothache, bleeding and so many more problems. Well, one of the most common and most obvious reasons behind such dental problems is- inadequate knowledge about brushing.

So what mistakes do you commit while brushing? We are pretty sure you are unaware of them! This is why we have nailed the mistakes that you must avoid while brushing and have offered the right solutions at the same time. Have a look…


Mistake 1: Using wrong toothbrush!

We hardly think before buying a new toothbrush. If the bristles are too long or the head of the toothbrush is too big for your mouth then it’s not the right one for you. Furthermore, hard bristles tend to tear your gum and you will often observe bleeding gums while brushing.

Opt for a medium hard or soft bristled toothbrush that you can use comfortably for brushing your teeth. You can choose an electronic brush or brush manually; the former works well for people having mobility problem in hands, fingers or wrist.


Mistake 2: Brushing vigorously

Rough and vigorous brushing is harmful for your teeth and gums. Not only does it induce cuts in gums but your teeth do not get cleaned at all.

Thus, you must avoid hard strokes and quick and hurried brushing as well, instead be patient and gentle while moving the toothbrush inside your mouth.

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Mistake 3: Wrong brushing pattern

How do you brush your teeth? Do you move the toothbrush left and right, zigzag way or in any haphazard fashion? If your answer is “yes” then change your habits immediately.

The correct way to brush is- moving the brush up and down and in circular motion over your teeth, gently. You must teach your kids as well to brush correctly.


Mistake 4: Brushing too often

We are all familiar with the old saying, “anything in too much is damaging” and this adage applies perfectly to brushing as well. Ideally, you should brush twice a day (and may be sometimes thrice if needed) to maintain health of your teeth and gums.

Dentists strongly condemn overbrushing as it eventually leads to receding gums, sensitive teeth and tooth abrasion. When your oral health is compromised you become vulnerable to dental diseases and infections.

Therefore, the solution is - brush in the morning and after your last meal.


Mistake 5: Brushing inadequately and neglectfully

Brushing is a daily ritual and you need to dedicate a few minutes for maintaining oral hygiene. Your set of teeth has four quadrants and your toothbrush must cover all of them.

Simply put, remember to brush underneath the upper and lower set of teeth as well and do not practice surface brushing only. Make sure you give 2 minutes to brush the entire set of teeth, following the right technique of brushing.


Mistake 6: Not taking care of your toothbrush

Let’s find out the mistakes here and they are: not drying your toothbrush, inadequate rinsing post brushing and using the same toothbrush for eons.

he corrections are: make sure your toothbrush is dry and squeaky clean. Next shrug your brush after rinsing off the toothpaste and bubbles and dry it before placing on the rack. Lastly, change your brush once in a month or two.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: November 07, 2014