One of the first things you were taught as a child was brushing your teeth. For some people, tooth brush was the first equipment they were handed as toddlers. However, there are chances that you have been brushing the wrong way all along even though you started out early. Except your parents are dentists, it is very unlikely they taught you all there is to know about perfectly brushing your teeth.
However, there is no need to panic as these tips will ensure you are brushing correctly from now on.
You aren’t keeping your toothbrush clean
Your toothbrush, just like your mop and every other cleaning tool in your house must be washed and kept properly after use.
The same energy you use to wash your mop after cleaning your house should be used also to wash your toothbrush after you clean your teeth with it.
When you do this, you rinse off all the food particles that are probably stuck on the bristles of the brush and leave it in an air dry place till the next time you would want to use it.
Your toothbrush bristles aren’t soft enough
Toothbrushes with hard bristles are very harmful to your teeth. Hard bristles weaken your enamel. So, if the toothbrush you use doesn’t read “soft” or “extra soft” on the package when you bought it, then you are harming your gums
Also, you might want to consider getting a toothbrush with a small head so as to easily reach all parts of your teeth.
You’re brushing too hard
Often times, we have been told and bought into the notion that brushing the teeth so hard will help properly remove the dirt stuck between your tooth, but the purpose of this article is to tell you that it’s a big LIE.
Brushing your teeth as though you are sandblasting a floor doesn’t just damage your tooth enamel, it also hurts your gums resulting in gum recession. If you are already used to brushing viciously, then getting a brush with an angled handle can help ease the pressure on your teeth.
You are brushing too lightly
The fact that you read the implications of brushing your teeth hard does not mean you should now brush too lightly. When you lightly touch your teeth with your toothbrush, and after brushing, you still find plaque or any gunk, it implies you didn’t brush thoroughly.
You multitask while brushing
Multitasking is a great way to do two things poorly. Instead of brushing and bathing at the same time, or wandering aimlessly around the house, pay attention to your teeth while you brush, look at yourself in the mirror and focus. Focusing will help ensure that you get all your teeth, all the way up to the gum line—even those guys way in the back.
You don’t brush for long enough.
American dental association suggests that you should brush for at least two minutes. Some dentists recommend going up to four minutes. Check the clock, or invest in a powered toothbrush with a time. It will help you brush for the right amount of time required.
You skip brushing before bed.
Usually, after a long and exhausting day, when you get home all you want to do is take a huge “L” on all your hygiene, scamper to your bed and zone off. When that happens, you are giving bacteria uninterrupted seven to eight hours to do their dirty works of irritating your gum, hardening up your plaque into tartar and thereby causing tooth decay.
You forget to brush your tongue
Your tongue is one of the biggest sources of bad breath. This is because of all the microbes and food debris that get stuck on it, making it a bacteria nest. This is why it is important you get that gunk off!
According to the ADA, studies have shown that just brushing your tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70 percent. Many people might not realize it, but your tongue and cheeks are just as important as your teeth. So it is expedient you pay attention to them as much as you do to your teeth.
You fail at flossing.
People often ask questions like, “If we brush, why do we bother flossing?” Flossing might be very difficult for you, but it is as important as brushing is, because, the food hiding between your teeth that your toothbrush’s bristles might elude harbors bacteria that can cause tooth decay, hence, resulting in bad breath.
Your toothbrush is too old
The bristles on your toothbrush get frayed and worn out with time, and when this happens, it makes them less efficient at cleaning your teeth and more viable to cause damage. And also, the cracked and broken bristles can be a breeding ground for bacteria. This is why you should endeavor to change your toothbrush every three months
You disinfect your toothbrush constantly
This can actually just make your toothbrush age faster. The best way to clean your toothbrush is to rinse it thoroughly under the tap and store it upright to air-dry.
You keep your toothbrush in a covered holder.
When you routinely keep your tooth brush covered up, in a moist container, it is very prone to microbial growth. Except you are protecting it while traveling, leave your toothbrush out to dry in a clean place.
You replace your toothbrush every time you get sick
There’s really no sense in changing your toothbrush when you are sick. This is because whatever germs are on your brush are the same ones your body just built up a bunch of antibodies against. Don’t waste your money.
You use your boo’s brush
However you decide to show love to your boo, make sure it involves keeping your hands off his or her toothbrush. This is because your body is not prepared to fight of someone else’s germs, so using their toothbrush increases your risk of infections.
You brush right after eating
You might have been made to believe that brushing right after eating is better than waiting as it gets rid of the excess food right away, but that is all shades of wrong.
Studies show that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating or the acids in the food you ate will eat at your enamel.