This is the first thing everyone does in the day, most likely. And we do it religiously and with a sense of assurance that the teeth are taken good care of, after the exercise is observed. Like saying our prayers when we get up from the bed, we were taught that all is well.
But, you know how you felt when you forgot to do this ritual. For me whenever this happens, the day has been automatically ruined because I will be low on confidence and will seldom contribute to anything.
You know the worse thing that you can feel compared to not washing your mouth is the embarrassment of someone pointing it out for you. So, never forget to do this so as to maintain good oral hygiene.
Good oral health also impacts your overall health. It helps prevent respiratory diseases, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, improve cognitive functioning and prevent stomach disorders.
I know brushing of the teeth seems like the easiest thing possible but most of us make a lot of mistakes that have different impacts on our overall oral hygiene. I will share some that we need to avoid.
· Use the wrong toothbrush
This is probably the most common mistake. We don’t know the size of the toothbrush that we need to use. It is very important that we determine this because it determines how well we can clean our mouth. Use a toothbrush that is not too big that you cannot navigate it or too small that it hardly brushes a tooth per time.
· Use toothbrush with wrong bristles
Brushes are made with different bristles. They may have straight, round, angled or zigzag bristles. Dentists advised that angled bristles are generally the best, as they help clean all the teeth properly irrespective of their position. Along with the pattern, you need to consider the quality of the bristles. Avoid using a brush with hard and stiff bristles that can erode your dental enamel, irritate your gums and cause a recession. Always use a soft-to medium-bristled toothbrush.
· Use wrong brushing techniques
Most of us don’t know how to brush, try this;
Align the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Using short, gentle strokes, move the toothbrush back and forth around your teeth.
Then brush circularly or vertically around the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
When done, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and eliminate bad breath.
Finish by rinsing your mouth thoroughly.
· Brushing once a day
Most people brush just in the morning. The Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and preferably three times. You must brush in the morning and before going to bed. You should also rinse your mouth with water after every meal.
· Brushing too much
Some people just overdo it. If you brush more than three times a day, then you are part of the some. Don’t do it anymore, it hurts the teeth. Substitute the extra brushing with water rinsing.
· Start from the same spot every time
Most of us start brushing our teeth at the same spot. It’s a common mistake. When we start at a particular point every time we pick up a toothbrush, there is a high chance of getting lazy once we reach the last quadrant of our teeth. This means proper cleaning is not done.
· Forget to brush the inner surfaces
While brushing our teeth in the busy morning time, our minds might be preoccupied and we can forget to brush our teeth’s inner surfaces. Such a mistake can lead to a buildup of plaque on the inner surfaces. You must also brush the inner surfaces of all your teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.
· Keeping your toothbrush wet.
Most people rinse their brushes and store it damp. A damp toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria and the next time you use it, you are unknowingly introducing bacteria into your mouth, which can cause bad breath and other gum diseases. Swirl your brush around well to eliminate water.
· Not Replacing Your Old Toothbrush early
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months not when all the bristles have removed.
Take note of all these mistakes and avoid them.