After the dentist’s examination, some patients are surprised to learn that they have developed cavities, gingivitis or any other oral problem. They are nevertheless convinced to have good hygiene and healthy eating habits! They brush their teeth twice a day, floss frequently, rarely eat candy, and so on. Yes, all these actions help much to prevent the appearance of diseases in the mouth. But some errors – seemingly innocuous – can play ugly tricks.
In this article, we present you the ten most common oral hygiene mistakes and solutions to avoid them.
Use A Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
Some people use a hard-bristle toothbrush, thinking that higher abrasion will make brushing their teeth more effective. This is wrong! It is better to avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles because they damage the teeth and gums.
Also, toothbrushes with soft bristles allow for more effective brushing, as they enable better dislodgment of plaque and food debris, sneak slightly under the gum and between the teeth, and more easily adapt to rounded shapes of each tooth.
To Brush Your Teeth Too Fast And Too Hard
When you are in a hurry, cleaning quickly with heavy pressure on your toothbrush is inefficient.
Indeed, to give the toothpaste time to act and to clean all areas of the dentition, brushing teeth should last at least two minutes. To be sure of brushing long enough, do not hesitate to use a timer.
Also, pressing slowly on your toothbrush when brushing wears the gums and leads to loosening of teeth and tooth sensitivity. Sooner or later, you may need a gum graft. Otherwise, you could get teeth. So go slowly! Brushing should be done with only slight pressure.
Keep Your Toothbrush Too Long
You should change your toothbrush every three months, or more often if your hair is damaged so that it is as effective as possible. After this time, the nose can be blunted, reducing its effectiveness. A new toothbrush eliminates more plaque than worn.
Also, be sure to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush after each brushing and store it vertically to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Make Horizontal Movements When Brushing
Many people brush their teeth horizontally (from left to right, or from right to left) with their toothbrushes. However, this technique is not appropriate! In this sense, it does not adequately reach the areas where plaque increases, also, to traumatize the gums.
The proper technique is to perform vertical movements, from the gum to the tooth, on the outer faces of your teeth and horizontal actions on the part that is used to chew.
Brushing Your Teeth Right After Eating
It is advisable to wait for a little after finishing your meal to brush your teeth since when we eat, the bacteria on the surface of the teeth produce an acid that temporarily softens the enamel. Thus, it is best to wait for the pH of the mouth to stabilize. While waiting to brush, rinse your mouth with water!
Rinse Your Mouth After Brushing
After brushing your teeth, you should only spit the excess toothpaste and foam without rinsing your mouth. By cleaning you, you eliminate the active ingredients present in the toothpaste, including fluoride, preventing them from adequately exercising their protective action on the outer surface of your teeth.
Use An Abrasive Whitening Toothpaste Daily
There are two categories of whitening toothpaste: chemicals and abrasives. We strongly advise against using those belonging to this second category, since they damage the enamel of the teeth. In the long run, the teeth may even become more yellow than initially, because as the enamel thins, the underlying dentin – yellowish – is exposed.
To know the appropriate whitening techniques, we recommend you read our previous article on the subject.
Floss Only When Something Is Stuck Between Your Teeth
Flossing is not just about removing debris stuck between your teeth! Its daily use is essential to dislodge plaque between teeth, and thus, prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.
This small piece of wire also helps to clean the interdental surfaces, an inaccessible place for your toothbrush. Yes, it is essential to clean even the non-visible part of your teeth to maintain good oral health!
To find out more about flossing, we advise you to read our previous article on the subject.
Use Mouthwash Every Day
Marketing suggests that toothpaste is essential for fresh breath because it eliminates the bacteria that causes it. However, the commercials do not mention that its use also kills the good bacteria, which naturally defend us against harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Also, mouthwashes, especially those with alcohol, dry out the mouth, which can cause bad breath. That’s not the goal …
Go To The Dentist Only When You Are In Pain
Many people mistakenly believe that it is necessary to go to the dentist only when they feel pain or have an apparent oral problem. However, even if you do not feel any pain or perceive any abnormality, it does not mean that everything is excellent in your mouth. Only a dentist, in conjunction with a hygienist, can detect debilitating conditions.
Also, regular visits to the dentist can eliminate the hardened plaque and tartar that always settles.
To learn more about the importance of visiting your doctor periodically, we invite you to read our previous article on the subject.
In conclusion, despite proper hygiene, you may develop oral problems such as cavities or gingivitis if you make one or more of the common mistakes mentioned in this article. To make sure you do all the right things to maintain the health of your teeth, gums and mouth, do not hesitate to ask your dentist or hygienist!