Brushing teeth is something we do at least twice a day and then it is not surprising that it has become a ritual that we don’t often think about anymore. This almost goes on autopilot. Unfortunately, we are therefore no longer aware of the mistakes we can make when brushing our teeth. As a result, we do this more often than is good for the teeth.
A habit is not simply unlearned, but this also means that you can often make the same mistake for a long time because you don’t realize that it is wrong. Brushing your teeth is just something that needs to be done and by being more aware of it, you will find that new habits are learned that way. By spending a little more time on it, brushing your teeth is not just something that needs to be done, but also something that will be even better for your teeth. In this blog I share eight common mistakes when brushing your teeth.
Toothbrush with the hardest brush
Many grab the toothbrush with the hardest brush in advance because they think it cleans best. It is not for nothing that there are different types of toothbrushes. For example, if you have sensitive gums, a soft toothbrush is recommended and a hard toothbrush can cause more damage. In addition, there are also different sizes of toothbrushes. If you have a smaller mouth, then it is better to opt for a smaller toothbrush so that you can still get well everywhere and keep it clean.
Just brushing the teeth
Often the emphasis is on brushing the teeth and the rest is soon forgotten. But bacteria are also between the gums and inflamed gums is certainly no fun. Many bacteria also remain on the tongue, so don’t forget them. I don’t always like it myself, but then keep breathing through my nose and then you get used to it!
Brushing your teeth immediately after eating
By brushing your teeth immediately after eating, you want to prevent food scraps between the teeth. But with this the teeth are often unintentionally damaged. Food can contain acids or sugars, making the enamel on the teeth less strong. By brushing your teeth immediately after eating, you attack it as it were when it is already weaker. With this you can damage the teeth. By waiting half an hour, the glaze has some time to recover after eating.
Rinsing after brushing your teeth
After brushing your teeth, it is often followed by thorough rinsing with water. I don’t really like the feeling of toothpaste in my mouth either. But actually this is not the intention at all. Toothpaste contains fluoride, which remains on the teeth as a protective layer. By thoroughly rinsing, this protective layer disappears faster. If you really don’t like to spit out the toothpaste and foam alone, you can choose to rinse with a little bit of water and only do this once.
Brushing your teeth too short or too long
It was always said that you need at least two minutes to properly clean your teeth. Sometimes I took extra time because I thought my teeth would be extra clean. But brushing your teeth for too long can sometimes do more harm than good. Brushing too long can also damage the protective layer. In this case, clean is really clean enough.
Brushing your teeth only
It has long been known that more is needed than just a toothbrush. Yet this remains one of the most common mistakes. By just brushing the teeth you often forget the spaces between the teeth. A toothbrush cannot be added here. That is why flossing is just as important so that nothing gets stuck between the teeth.
Starting at the same place
Brushing your teeth is often a ritual and I notice that I always start at the top right and then brush from one side to the other, from outside to inside. Because of this you often polish the same places and there is nothing wrong with that in itself. But if you miss a spot, you also miss it more often because you always follow the same order. That is why it would be better to change your ritual so often so that you brush your entire teeth clean.
Doing multiple things
It is not always easy to take the time to brush the teeth. Especially in the morning there is often time pressure involved and I try to do several things at the same time. While brushing my teeth, I brush my hair, collect things to take with me, or even try to get half dressed. As a result, I am less focused on brushing my teeth and I often do this less well. Sometimes multitasking simply does not work so well and then it is better to do one first before you continue with the other.