Common Mistakes When Cleaning Your Teeth

Common Mistakes When Cleaning Your Teeth

6th January 2021 | Dave Fuller

We all know the advice – brush your teeth twice a day to maintain oral hygiene and avoid dental problems. However, this alone will not eliminate all plaque and bacteria in your mouth.

Here, we look at some common mistake people make when it comes to oral hygiene.

Brushing frequency and time – In an ideal world, we would all brush our teeth for two minutes every morning and night. However, people are thought only to be brushing for around 30 seconds a time. This could be due to many things, including a busy lifestyle. If you only brush your teeth for half the recommended time, you will not perform a thorough clean. It is important to brush your teeth twice daily and for the correct amount of time.

Rinsing and spitting – It is best to spit after you finish brushing your teeth. Rinsing can wash away the enamel protection and fluoride from your toothpaste.

Toothpaste choice – No toothpaste is proven to be ‘the best’. However, you must ensure your toothpaste contains enough fluoride to provide adequate cleaning. For adults, this is 1,350 – 1,500 ppm. This should be stated on the toothpaste tube.

Time of brushing – If you brush after being sick, or consuming something acidic, you may be damaging your teeth. This is because acidic things eliminate the protective saliva on your teeth so brushing can be harmful to them. Try to wait at least 30 minutes.

Aggressive brushing – A heavy hand or aggressive brushing can damage your teeth and gums and will not make your teeth any cleaner. Brush at a slight angle and tooth by tooth.

Wrong toothbrush – This is a personal choice, but one thing of note is that manual toothbrushes are not always good at cleaning wisdom teeth, whereas electric ones tend to be. Some electric toothbrushes will alert you if you are brushing too hard and if you have been brushing for long enough. Either way, with both electric and manual brushes, ensure the bristles are soft or medium, not stiff.

Flossing- Flossing daily is recommended, but you will also need to make sure you are flossing correctly. A common mistake is just to floss the teeth at the front. You should floss the whole mouth to ensure as much plaque is removed from teeth and gums as possible.

Interdental brushes – Interdental brushes are recommended for use as well as flossing. These help to clean the sides of your teeth, somewhere that flossing and brushing may not reach.

For more information on the dental services we offer at Sovereign House Dental Care, contact us on 01277 205605

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