How Some Brushing Habits Harm the Teeth
If you want to maintain good oral hygiene, it is extremely important you regularly brush your teeth. That means at least two times a day or after each meal. But if you are brushing your teeth incorrectly, it can actually be doing more harm than good. There are a variety of mistakes people should be on the lookout for and avoid doing as they brush their teeth.
One of the most common mistakes that people make when they brush their teeth is that they are doing it too hard. A gentle pressure is all that is needed to effectively remove plaque. Many people who brush too hard often also brush sideways. This dreadful combination can contribute to gum irritation, and even to gum recession. This type of brushing is also hard on the enamel, especially if you are somebody who suffers from bruxism. Use small, circular motions as you brush instead.
It is important that you use the right brush and the right toothpaste. Only use a soft bristle brush and be sure to use fluoride toothpaste. Try to avoid whitening toothpaste, as this type of toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can wear your enamel down over time.
Brushing without flossing is fighting only half the battle. No matter how good you are at brushing, only flossing will reach the spaces in between your teeth that plaque and bacteria use to hideout. And once you are done brushing and flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth out. This will ensure that the plaque you have dislodged will be removed from your mouth. And the best way to reinforce the effectiveness of brushing and flossing is to visit the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.
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