The basis is good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth every day, but are you really brushing properly? Here is a look at five things you could be doing wrong when you brush your teeth.
1. Not brushing long enough.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. If you’re not brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, you are not effectively removing all the plaque and food particles from your mouth.
2. Not using the best toothpaste.
The choice of toothpaste varieties has greatly multiplied over the years. From toothpaste with baking soda for whitening to fluoride toothpaste and natural toothpaste with charcoal incorporated, there are a ton of choices, but you have to make sure you are using the best product. It is best to look for a product that has the stamp of approval from the ADA.
3. Not getting brisk with your brushing.
Make sure you really get in there and put some effort into doing your brushing. A slight swipe with the brush will not suffice; you should be briskly brushing to remove residue.
4. Not cleaning your toothbrush when you get done.
If you were to look inside your mouth with a microscope, you may be surprised at just how much stuff is hanging out in there. Germs, bacteria, and other microscopic pathogens fill your mouth, and they get on your toothbrush. Clean your toothbrush well when you’re done brushing, and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
5. Not getting all angles of your teeth.
Pay attention to all angles of your teeth while you brush. You should brush the bottoms where your teeth meet, the fronts of your teeth, and the backs of your teeth. A lot of people spend more time brushing the front of their teeth than anywhere else, which can lead way to problems in other areas.
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