Interestingly, the most common dental hygiene routine is also the most poorly done: tooth brushing. You could be cleaning your teeth for so long, but in aspects so wrong. If you’re serious about oral health, you may have to rethink your toothbrushing habits. Here are some of the ways you’re doing it wrong:

You’re brushing too hard

Overdoing it won’t guarantee that your teeth are squeaky clean. Your efforts may just backfire and put your oral health at risk. When you scrub hard, the enamel, the outer covering of the tooth can be worn down, making you vulnerable to tooth sensitivity and cavities. Unfortunately, enamel doesn’t grow back. But in cases where there are tooth decays, dentists use veneer or crown as treatments. Overbrushing may also result in gum recession, with teeth appearing to be quite longer than before. Gum tissues don’t regenerate on their own as well, so your doctor may recommend a gum graft to replace what was lost. But of course, prevention is better than cure. So go easy on your brushing. Plaque can be easily wiped off from teeth’s surface, so you don’t have to go aggressive. If you’re struggling to clean hard-to-reach areas because of misaligned teeth, Oviedo orthodontists recommend treating the problem with braces or Invisalign. If you do have mouth appliances already, all the more reason not to overdo brushing, as the habit can damage the appliances.

Your timing isn’t right

Believe it or not, there’s a right timing when it comes to cleaning teeth. A lot of people believe that brushing is important immediately after eating. That’s true in some instances, especially when you eat something sugary, but there are exceptions. When you consume food or drinks that are high in acidic content, like lemons or soda, the enamel goes into a weakened state. If you brush too quickly, you’re damaging the teeth all the more. So, it’s wiser to wait for about an hour or so before cleaning. If you don’t have that luxury of waiting time, and you wanted to get that ‘clean feeling’ and fresh breath, just go for a good rinse or chew sugarless gum. Of course, while you observe the right timing, remember the right duration of brushing as well. Two minutes is the recommended. You should be able to sing a full ‘Happy Birthday’ song in a brush.

Your toothbrush bristles aren’t soft

Toothbrush with toothpaste on

Hard bristles can also damage the enamel, making your teeth sensitive and prone to cavities as well. Make the switch to soft bristles. Choose a brush that has a small head, too, so it can easily reach the far corners of the mouth, preventing build-up of plaque. Remember that you should replace your brush every 3 – 4 months. Old ones aren’t effective in cleaning because the worn-out bristles can’t get into the tiny gaps between teeth. At the same time, they’re breeding grounds for bacteria. So toss your old brushes after a while, and make sure to choose soft-bristled ones.

Are You Brushing Wrong?

If there’s one thing all of these reveals, it would be this: just because you’re a ‘long-time toothbrusher’ doesn’t mean you’re a good one. But you need to be the good one so you can protect your oral health better. Be a good toothbrusher by avoiding these brushing mistakes.