What do I do wrong? People ask themselves before their appointment at a dentist. “I brush my teeth twice a day and still come to my dentist as regularly as if it were my job”. Are you one of these people? Do you believe that brushing your teeth twice a day “Keeps a doctor away”? We have a surprise for you. That’s far away from being enough for a perfect smile.
Here are the 10 major mistakes we make when brushing our teeth.
10. We press the toothbrush too hard.
What is the problem if we do? the harder we press the cleaner our teeth are right? WRONG! When we press the toothbrush too hard the bristles bend and don’t remove food deposits properly, additionally, it can lead to gum damage. So try not to be too “pushy” while cleaning your teeth. For that very reason also take into consideration that a softer toothbrush could be more effective. Also, choose a toothbrush with a smaller head as it can help reach all the small corners of your mouth.
9. We don’t pay attention to the food we eat.
We all know that eating too many sweet things can cause cavities. However, we need to eat food that contains calcium, phosphorus, and flourine . Here are some tips for you.
Foods containing Calcium:
-Dairy products, fish, beans, fruit and vegetable skins.
Foods containing Phosphorus
-Fish, cereals, nuts, lentils.
Speaking about fluorine we usually receive the necessary dose of fluorine with water. However, if you live in a region where the water has a low concentrate of fluorine you should eat more foods containing this element, such as milk, salt, etc.
8. We don’t use additional tooth-cleaning devices.
It doesn’t matter how hard your toothbrush hairs are, they still can’t remove tooth deposits completely. That is why it’s important to clean the gaps between your teeth with dental floss. To annihilate your teeth of bacteria rinse your mouth with mouthwash. You can also obtain an oral irrigator, it’s like a shower for your teeth and gums, which you can use after each brushing session.
7. We use water to rinse our mouth after brushing our teeth.
Yes it is shocking, yes you have been rinsing your mouth with water all your life. Old habits die hard. But there is one thing, when you use water after brushing your teeth it removes all the useful fluoride received from toothpaste. It turns out you’ve been making the effort of brushing your teeth in vain. So, instead of rinsing your mouth just spit the toothpaste. Also you can sue mouthwash, but try not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after brushing your teeth.
6. We don’t take care of our gums.
The health of your gums is vitally important if your want to avoid dental problems overall. If your gums are weak and don’t have a great enough blood supply it can to periodontitis. With this disease your gums bleed, become inflamed and soft, and you can eventually lose your teeth. To make your gums stronger you need to massage them with your toothbrush or finger with circular movements, eat solid foods and chew it thoroughly. You can also rinse your mouth out with sage teas or with a salt solution. If your gums start bleeding visit a dental hygienist immediately.
5. We don’t get our tooth tartar removed.
Let’s first get some understanding, what is this? Tooth tartar is the hardened product of minerals from saliva and foods that accumulates in plaque around the teeth. It has a yellowish-brown colour and can’t be removed with a toothbrush. Dental plaque and tartar cause periodontal disease, including inflammation of bones surrounding the teeth. Tartar can become as hard as a rock and only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it with special tools. Sounds dramatic and frightening doesn’t it? What to do to prevent this situation from happening? Have a hygienic cleaning procedure at least once a year. Your dentist can properly advise you on the proper frequency for your teeth condition.
4. We think we are too old for dental braces.
A lot of people think they can make their teeth straight only through their teens. When they are adults they are sure it is too late to wear dental braces. But that’s the wrong conclusion, and you know what? a beautiful straight smile isn’t the main reason to get braces. If you have a problem with snagged teeth it can lead to cavities and decay. If you’re embarrassed to have braces you can now choose invisible lingual ones which are placed on the back side of your teeth. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an orthodontist.
3. We chew only on one side of our mouth.
Why is it important? well chewing has self cleansing properties, so if you chew food only on one side of your mouth it can lead to cavities and decay on the side you don’t typically use. Apart from that, chewing on one side of the mouth causes thick and strong muscles on that side. This way the muscles on each side of the face will become isometric which can eventually lead to pain and even hearing problems. Pay attention when eating and try to chew your food on both sides of your mouth. Don;Don’t forget to eat solid food such as fruits and vegetables, it will make your teeth stronger.
2. We keep our toothbrush in the bathroom.
Lots of people make this mistake and why not? it’s convenient and your toothbrush seems to belong there. The answer is simple, GERMS! If you share the bathroom with other people, especially kids, you exchange germs in any case. What is worse, if you flush the toilet whatever was in the bowl is sprayed around in tiny particles. It contaminates the toothbrush and.. you can imagine the outcome. A good idea is to at least cover your toothbrush in a lid, but better, keep it in your cabinet or nightstand. And always close the lid of your toilet bowl before you flush.
1. We don’t teach our kids to take care of their teeth properly.
Some patently think there is no need to take care of baby teeth because they’re temporary. But a child still needs to know what is right and what is wrong. The teeth will change but the habit will stay. The process of brushing teeth should last for at least 3 minutes. And the brush should be moved up and down. The thing is, the enamel of children teeth is not as strong as adults teeth. And the groves fo their grinding teeth are deeper, which is why the food particles are not as easy to brush away. Teach your children to brush their teeth carefully.
Do you have any other methods or tips?
Here’s a little bonus.
How to use an old toothbrush.
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. But all toothbrushes can have a far more interesting life other than a trash bin. Here are some idea’s with what you can do with your old toothbrush.
Scrub and massage your lips
Clean your nails
Brush and dye your eyebrows
Clean corn and young potatoes
Clean shoes, keyboards, gaps between the bathtub and porcelain wall tiles
To make a convenient tool out of a toothbrush you can heat its hand with fire and bend it at a necessary angle to hit those hard to reach places, eg. under the toilet bowl.