People often come in for their checkups to find that their teeth aren’t as healthy as they think. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, brushing them incorrectly does you no good. These are some of the common mistakes you could be making while brushing your teeth.
Before we start talking about brushing I want to take a minute to highlight the importance of taking care of your toothbrush. Wash your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing. It doesn’t make sense to remove the bacteria from your mouth to leave it on the brush that you will put back in your mouth later. Also, don’t get attached to your brush, if the bristles are stiff or if it has been two or three months since you last switched your toothbrush, throw it away. If you own an electric brush, don’t forget to also clean the handle of the toothbrush, don’t just change the head.
Now that we know our brush is fit to clean our teeth properly, it’s important to remember your tongue. Yes, you should be brushing your tongue. Bacteria lives on your tongue and you would only be doing half the job if you stopped at the teeth. As added incentive, a biofilm can also form over your taste buds and make your sense of taste less acute.
Speaking of doing only half the work, even though people don’t really see the inside parts of your teeth or your molars doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush them thoroughly. The parts of your teeth that your tongue touches most often is usually the most common place to get cavities because these areas are often neglected.
Let’s take care of those gums. Long horizontal brushing patterns along the gumline are not good for your gums. Brushing at a 45-degree angle when brushing your gumline is less harsh on the gums while still making sure they are clean. Having a brush with bristles that are too stiff and brushing too aggressively can both lead to gum recession. Your gums should not be swollen or red after brushing, these are signs that you are committing one of these common mistakes.
The Progressive Team