If you want to do the best job possible when it comes to oral hygiene, here are 3 mistakes you should avoid when brushing your teeth.
Using the Wrong Toothbrush
To do a great job cleaning your teeth you need to begin with the right tools. Whether you prefer a manual or electric toothbrush, be sure that your toothbrush is the right size for you. It should easily reach all the areas of your mouth, and be comfortable to use.
Our Delta dentists recommend choosing a toothbrush with a smaller brush head. Smaller brushes allow for greater access to hard to reach areas of your mouth such as the backs of your lower front teeth, and the teeth at the very back.
A soft bristled toothbrush is ideal for most people. There is no need to use a hard bristled brush that could damage your gums. Ask your dentist which type of bristles are best for your teeth. If you suffer from sensitive teeth or have signs of enamel erosion, a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles may be right for you.
When shopping for a toothbrush take some extra time to find a one that fits comfortably in your hand. You're more likely to brush your teeth for the full two minutes if your toothbrush is comfortable to use. Using a toothbrush with a handle that is too long or bulky might prevent you from brushing as thoroughly as you should.
Brushing Too Hard
The fact is that if you brush well, twice a day, plaque should be relatively soft and easy to remove. Brushing harder doesn't equal brushing better! Think of brushing your teeth as a way of massaging your gums. Scrubbing your teeth is completely unnecessary and could do more harm than good. Be kind to your smile...brush gently.
Not Brushing for Long Enough
Did you know that you should be brushing your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day! If you have never timed yourself while brushing, it's time to start. Chances are that you haven't been spending as long as you might think.
If you could use some encouragement to help keep you brushing for the full two minutes, give an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer a try. Your toothbrush timer will let you know when the two minutes has passed. Of course you could simply use your watch or phone to time yourself until brushing for two minutes has become a regular habit.
You may also find it helpful to think of your mouth in four quarters. Take 30 seconds to focus on each individual quadrant of your mouth, cleaning all areas of that section thoroughly, before moving on to the next quadrant. Once the two minutes is up, floss and you're done.