Are You Brushing Your Teeth Properly?

by on February 20, 2012
Posted in Oral Hygiene

Brushing teeth on a regular basis isn’t just enough. What matter more is how you’re brushing since proper tooth brushing is what ensures the health of your teeth and gums? Here are three common tooth brushing mistakes that you should never make:

How much time do you spend brushing your teeth?

The biggest mistake that most people make is ignoring the importance of brushing consistently, which eventually results in the buildup of plaque while ruining the overall oral hygiene. If you don’t spend a considerable amount of time on tooth brushing, you’re most likely allowing bacteria to grow overnight.

What about the inner tooth surfaces?

 A majority of people ignore the importance of brushing the inner surfaces of their teeth, which are the areas that the tongue tends to press against. Brushing your tooth surfaces is important in terms of maintaining good oral hygiene. If you want to avoid the mistake of forgetting your inner tooth surfaces, a good idea would be sectioning off the teeth into quadrants as you’re brushing them while making your inner teeth one of these quadrants.

Is your toothbrush new enough?

Some people keep on forgetting to change their toothbrush on time, which is really important for keeping your teeth, gums as well as your mouth healthy.  Your toothbrush should be replaced at least every three months. Rinsing your toothbrush after each time you brush your teeth is also essential. If the brush isn’t rinsed after every time you brush your teeth, you’ll be putting old bacteria from the last time back into your mouth.