You’re Doing It Wrong: Pro Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing BlogYou probably just take it for granted that you are a master at the daily tasks you’ve been doing since before you can even remember: tying your shoes, washing your hair and making coffee for example.

So you may be surprised to learn that many, many adults do not brush their teeth properly.

It’s precisely because of the fact that we learn how to do this when we’re so young that many people use improper techniques. The last time you actually thought about how you were brushing was probably around the same time you were still thinking about how to write all the letters of the alphabet.

For that reason, it’s high time for a refresher on your oral hygiene basics…

What You’re Doing Wrong:

  • Using a brush with bristles that are too firm, scrubbing away not just bacteria but enamel.
  • Not brushing long enough.
  • Using too much force when you brush.
  • Using a side-to-side method, which can damage your gums.
  • Failing to brush all surfaces of your teeth: outside, inside and tops.
  • Brushing right after you eat.
  • Always using whitening toothpastes that are harsher than the standard fluoride toothpaste.
  • Keeping the same toothbrush for too long.
  • Skipping the floss.

What You Should Do Instead:

  • You should always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles to ensure a gentle clean that doesn’t remove your irreplaceable tooth enamel while you clean.
  • To get a good, thorough clean you must brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time you brush. If you’re not sure what 2 minutes feels like, use a kitchen timer or the stopwatch on your phone to time yourself.
  • Rid yourself of the notion that you have to put strength and force behind your brushing – it doesn’t take much to remove plaque, so take it easy.
  • You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use small, circular motions in one area at a time. Check out this video to get a better idea…

  • It’s commendable to want to brush your teeth right after you eat a meal, but if you’ve eaten anything acidic (and chances are, you have), it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush or you risk damaging your temporarily-weakened teeth.
  • It’s commendable to want to brush your teeth right after you eat a meal, but if you’ve eaten anything acidic (and chances are, you have), it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush or you risk damaging your temporarily-weakened teeth.
  • It’s OK to use whitening toothpastes occasionally, but you should alternate every other tube you buy with a classic fluoride toothpaste.
  • Your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head should be replaced every 3 months. To make sure that you never go over this time, set yourself a reminder on your phone 3 months from the day you start using a new toothbrush.
  • One of the biggest oral hygiene mistakes people make is failing to floss. It could even be argued that flossing is more important than brushing, so quit making excuses and start flossing every single night before bed.

Your new and improved brushing routine might take some practice, especially since you’ve gotten so accustomed to your old, incorrect habits. So be sure to review these tips and commit to taking care of your teeth the right way.

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