You may be brushing your teeth twice every day, but you may still be leaving yourself vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Often times, many patients are surprised when they come in for a check-up, and cavities or issues with their oral hygiene are found. They usually defend themselves by saying that they brush regularly every day. The truth of the matter is that you could have that habit of brushing regularly, but are you brushing the way that you’re supposed to?
Here are eight sloppy habits to be aware of when brushing your teeth:
Not Brushing Daily
Refusing to brush your teeth every day leaves your mouth vulnerable to a host of bacteria. This bacteria leaves behind residue called plaque.
Not Brushing Completely Enough
Brushing your teeth can be a pain, but don’t rush through it. It generally takes three to five minutes to brush your teeth completely enough to prevent cavities. Stay vigilant in this respect.
Not Using the Right Toothbrush
Not all toothbrushes are made for everyone's mouth. Only certain toothbrushes can reach those hard to reach places that many people often struggle to reach, even with flossing.
Using the Wrong Bristles
Ensure that the bristles you are using are strong enough to scrape away the junk that you’ve accumulated at meal time.
Not Changing Your Toothbrush
A toothbrush draws its functionality from the bristles. As soon as you notice the bristles beginning to bend out of place or fall out while brushing, replace your toothbrush. This generally happens every six months.
Not Brushing After Meals
It’s important to brush your teeth after every meal. Otherwise, food particles invite bacteria to move in until we can brush again.
Brushing Too Often
Brushing your teeth too often can scrape away the enamel of the tooth overtime, leading to sensitivity in the teeth and inviting bacteria. Apply light pressure with the brush at an angle against the gums.
Not Brushing the Inside
There are two sides to your teeth. Neglecting to brush the inside of your teeth leaves our mouth vulnerable to bacteria and may lead to plaque and tartar in places very difficult to reach at home.
Did any of these sloppy habits apply to you? If so, make a conscious effort to change your habits as soon as you can!