We spend only 45 – 70 seconds a day brushing our teeth. While everyone brushes their teeth nearly every day, very few people know how to do it right. Here are some mistakes you could avoid the next time you brush your teeth.

  1. Picking the wrong brush: 

Your brush should be able to reach and cover all the places. It doesn’t matter if you have an electric toothbrush or a normal toothbrush, they should have soft bristles in your brush. Hard bristles don’t remove the plaque from your teeth and could even harm the structure of your teeth. Using a brush with soft bristles that bend slightly to cover all the areas recommended by dentists.

  1. Brushing harder: 

Brushing your teeth doesn’t mean scrubbing them hard. The plaque in your teeth is loose and soft, so scrubbing will not work. Instead, try massaging your teeth with the brush to see the effects.

  1. Brushing in a hurry: 

Brushing your teeth in a hurry when you are getting late for work or feel lazy is not good for your teeth. We should brush our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes every time. A great trick to brush for 2 minutes is to listen to a song while brushing. If you have brushed until one song is over, you have brushed your teeth properly.

  1. Using a toothbrush for too long: 

A good toothbrush is hard to give up, but it is necessary. Dentists suggest changing your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months. You should also keep your brush in the open air to avoid bacteria or mould growing on it when it gets wet.

  1. Going back and forth: 

Going left and right on your teeth is again like scrubbing and not massaging. You should start with your gum and then go up and down in a circular motion. Not brushing your teeth right can damage them.

  1. Forgetting your gum line:

While brushing your teeth, you need to brush the whole, which includes even the gum. Remember to brush on the gum tissue, which is 2 to 3 millimetres under your gum. The bacteria that are in your tooth often goes to your gum. Having a bristle toothbrush that bends is necessary to get to your gums and remove bacteria from there.

  1. Not waiting after you brush: 

After brushing, it is advisable to not immediately eat or drink anything. You should wait for at least 15 or 20 minutes after brushing your teeth. You can also rinse off your mouth to get rid of any acid present in your mouth after brushing.

  1. You just brush: 

Just brushing your teeth is not enough to take good care of them. Brush, floss and use mouthwash at least 1 time you brush in a day. The bacteria in your mouth can get less dangerous if you keep cleaning them up regularly.

Want to know if your teeth are as healthy as they look? You can online doctor consultation through MFine app to talk to them about the health of your teeth.