It’s surprising just how many people make toothbrush mistakes during brushing. You wouldn’t think that something so simple could be so potentially damaging to your teeth and gums. But with a regular brush having such an impact on your teeth, it’s important to look out for these toothbrush hygiene mistakes.
Toothbrushes are designed to clean your teeth. They do this by creating microscopic holes in your toothbrush bristles as a means of cleaning away plaque and bacteria. The wrong brush can damage your teeth. Toothbrushes don’t get into every nook and cranny of your mouth, but only reach the crevices that your teeth are likely to touch. That means over-brushing can cause more problems than you originally had.
If you’ve been told to brush your teeth at least two times each day and take care to use a toothbrush that’s both gentle and well-made, then you’re on the right track. This is especially important for overall oral health. But sometimes, you might forget to do this or even worse, over-brush. Toothbrush mistakes like these can make you lose your toothbrush and even your dental care.
When you’re brushing, it’s not enough to sweep away tiny particles of food or sugar – you need to also work to remove built-up plaque. This is where air dry toothpaste comes in handy. By filling the brush with air dry toothpaste, you can work not only to clean your teeth and gums but to prevent tooth decay. To use the correct amount of toothpaste, check the package to see which toothbrush bristles will be appropriate.
Too many people make the mistake of choosing electric toothbrushes that are too powerful. These electric toothbrushes, particularly electric toothbrushes powered by rechargeable batteries, can be too harsh on your teeth. They might be good enough to clean your gums and keep them healthy, but they’re not quite strong enough to take out tartar. You might end up wasting money by constantly using these brushes. Instead of going for electric toothbrushes that are designed to handle thicker stains, go for toothbrush heads that are specifically made to clean your teeth.
Types of Toothbrushes
Many people also make the mistake of purchasing a toothbrush with an older style toothbrush head that’s not compatible with their current toothbrush. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three to five years. New toothbrushes come with different sizes, bristles and cleaning solutions, so they’re very likely to fit with your existing toothbrush. But older toothbrushes might be too rough on your teeth if they’re made from soft plastic bristles. It might be time to change to a new toothbrush head.
Many people also make the mistake of brushing their teeth using a toothbrush with an improper head that doesn’t fit their teeth perfectly. If you brush your teeth with a toothbrush head that’s either too small or too big for your mouth, then you’ll end up pushing bristles into your gums. This will lead to tooth decay and may even result in the growth of some painful and unsightly bacteria along with the plaque. Toothbrush heads that are too small for your mouth, on the other hand, might not reach all the areas of your mouth and might not even be comfortable for your lips and gums.
Another common mistake among new toothbrush users is over-brushing or over flossing their teeth. This can cause significant amounts of toothbrush bristles and toothpaste to be left on the teeth, which are like nothing but bacteria food. It’s important to remove all traces of food, as well as any plaque you might have collected while brushing, so you can avoid cavities.