After a while, brushing your teeth becomes more of a habit than something important. But the truth is, you should always brush your teeth as best you can, every time. There are certain mistakes that are commonly made while brushing your teeth. We want to inform you of these mistakes and help you fix them so you can have your best smile yet.
The first common mistake is you don’t brush at the right time of the day. We all know that it is best to brush your teeth twice a day, but when is the best time? In the morning, wait 30 minutes after you eat to brush your teeth. This will let your food settle and your teeth relax before digging into them. Your toothbrush should be the last thing that you do at night. After brushing your teeth, try not to do any snacking. This can cause food to get stuck in your teeth for at least the 8 hours you are sleeping. Fixing your brushing routine could improve the health and look of your teeth.
Another common mistake is you’re using the wrong brush. It is best to use a soft bristle brush at all times. This lets the toothbrush slip easily between teeth and over gums to give you an all around better cleaning. Using a hard bristle can hurt your gums in the long run.
An extremely common mistake is you don’t rinse your teeth. Toothpaste and a toothbrush cannot get everything. It is important to rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash to ensure the whole inside of your mouth is getting clean. Bacteria can hid under your tongue, on the roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks. Using mouthwash can help clear away a ton of bacteria that you didn’t know was there.
One final common mistake is you don’t replace your toothbrush. It is recommended that you buy a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Just like your mouth, your toothbrush also contains a lot of bacteria that you might not know about. Getting a new toothbrush means putting less bacteria in your mouth. Also, worn bristles will do nothing for your teeth or gums. Remember to also get a new toothbrush if you’ve been sick at all.
Now that you know the ways to correct all these common mistakes, start switching up your routine! Keep those teeth healthy and your smile happy. As always, if you have any questions, or need to make an appointment, call us or fill out our webform!