Is There Such a Thing as Bad Brushing?

Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is a sure-fire way to keep any dental problems at bay. But are you doing it right?

Sure, you might be brushing twice a day for the right amount of time, but doing it wrong could be just as bad as not brushing at all. Today on our blog, we’re looking at the 5 main mistakes that people make when cleaning their teeth.

Using the wrong toothbrush.

Whether you prefer electric or manual, using the correct brush is extremely important in ensuring that your teeth get a proper brushing! Electric toothbrushes have been proven to be more effective in cleaning teeth but the can be expensive, so opting for a manual may suit you better.  Brush bristles should not be too soft, as they will make no difference and should not be too hard. Bristles that are too stiff and hard can wear down enamel and irritate the gums.

Brushing too hard.

People often think that if they brush harder, their teeth will be cleaner. This is not necessarily true. Brushing too hard can be damaging to both the teeth and gums. Plaque is soft and is removed easily without ‘scrubbing’.

Brushing incorrectly.

In addition to brushing too hard, brushing too softly and for too short a time is bad for your teeth. Using up and down strokes is ineffective and will not make too much of a difference to your teeth. The brushing motion should be in small circles while the brush is held at a 45º angle. It is also crucial to brush every surface of every tooth, even the hard to reach molars and wisdom teeth (if you have them!).

Not changing your tooth brush regularly.

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush, or electric brush head every 2-3 months. If bristles fray, discolour or become rough against teeth, it is a good idea to change your brush sooner rather than later. Cleaning your teeth with a dirty toothbrush is just as bad as not brushing at all!

Using the wrong toothpaste.

There are many toothpaste brands and types out there. Most people tend to use whatever toothpaste is in lying around in the bathroom but it is worth checking whether it is suitable for you or not. Some toothpastes, particularly those which aim to whiten teeth can contain harsh abrasives. This makes them unsuitable for young children with milk teeth and also for people with sensitive teeth.

Of course, brushing is just a small part of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing and using mouthwashes, alongside visiting the dentist are all crucial components of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

We have appointments available with our online, live, one-to-one Virtual Hygienist who can guide you and your family towards a healthier oral condition. Click here to book an appointment.

If you’ve not visited the dentist in a while, or would like to speak to a dentist about how you can improve your overall oral health, we can help you. Here at Defacto Dentists, we have thousands of dentists in the UK that are ready and waiting to treat you. Simply head over to our website, enter your location and browse your options.

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