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Most common teeth brushing mistakes YOU are likely to make.....

Maintaining good dental hygiene practices at home is crucial for healthy teeth and gums. Here are some important factors to consider when brushing your teeth.

  • Choose the right toothbrush:

Opt for a soft bristle brush to avoid gum irritation. Hard bristle brushes can cause bleeding and wear away at your gums.

  • Replace your toothbrush regularly:

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles start to fray. Using an old toothbrush can hinder effective cleaning and harm your gums.

  • Brush for the recommended time:

The national average for tooth brushing is only 45 seconds, but the ADA advises brushing for 2 minutes. This allows enough time to remove plaque and food particles. Consider setting a timer or using a toothbrush with a built-in timer.

  • Brush correctly:

Angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees and use short, tooth-wide strokes. Brush the surface areas of your teeth, then tilt the brush vertically to clean the inside surface of your front teeth.

  • Don't forget your tongue:

Brushing your tongue is essential to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath. Some toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner, or you can use a tongue scraper for a more thorough cleaning.

  • Don't skip flossing:

Despite being unpopular, flossing is crucial for removing bacteria, food particles, and plaque between your teeth. It also helps prevent gum irritation and swelling.

  • Avoid brushing immediately after eating:

Waiting for 60 minutes after eating allows saliva to neutralize the acid content in your mouth. Brushing immediately after eating can push the acid deeper into your tooth enamel. Chew sugar-free gum or drink water while waiting to brush.

  • Store your toothbrush properly:

Avoid storing your toothbrush near the toilet to prevent contamination from toilet splashes. Consider keeping it in your medicine cabinet or bedside table. Ensure it's not stored in an airtight container, as this can promote bacterial growth.

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