Six mistakes we make in brushing teeth. We may be brushing our teeth every day, but it seems we still haven’t learned to do it properly.
A bright smile can be a valuable weapon in any of our endeavors: our professional pursuits, our friendly or erotic acquaintances, and even our interaction with strangers in our day-to-day transactions. On the contrary, his absence not only negatively affects the image of others for us but has been associated with a multitude of seemingly motile diseases. Among other things, poor oral hygiene appears to be associated with cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The following tips will, therefore, help you shield both the pearly face of your teeth and your overall health.
Put time, not power
Many times we have the illusion that by applying intense pressure with the toothbrush on the surface of our teeth we better remove food residues while saving time. In fact, what we do is to injure the gums and accelerate the decay of the enamel of our teeth. Instead, make sure you devote at least two minutes to brushing your teeth, without putting too much force, or even stroking them.
One easy way to find out if you exert more force than you should be is to check the speed at which your toothbrushes are worn.
Although we instinctively tend to use horizontal motions to clean our teeth, this method is not only ineffective but can also lead to deterioration. Holding the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees and making sure that its fibers rest not only on the tooth surface but also on the tip of the gum, brush your teeth in circular motions. Finally, hold the toothbrush upright and move it up and down a few times to clean the front teeth.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue and cheeks to remove the odor-causing germs.
Discard your old toothbrush
Has your toothbrush been with you for a long time? Has it started to look a little ‘unethical’? Is it kind of tough? If any of the above happens, it’s time to get new ones, choosing one with soft or medium fibers that will not cause you injury. After 3 or 4 months of use, your toothbrush has begun to accumulate germs, and its worn fibers fail to effectively remove the plaque.
If you have a sensitive vomiting reflex, opt for a toothbrush with a smaller head so that it doesn’t bother you when cleaning the back teeth.
Find the right time
We wake up, we pour water on our faces, we wash our teeth, we make breakfast… It is quite obvious that something is not going well in the flow of events. Toothbrushing is primarily aimed at removing food from our oral cavity, so it should happen after and not before eating. If you can’t brush your teeth after every meal, try to do it in the morning after breakfast and in the evening, right before bedtime.
Allow half an hour between lunch and brushing your teeth. During this time, the environment of our mouth is extremely acidic, which can cause permanent damage to the teeth if we rush to clean them.
Do not suffice to brush properly
The toothbrush in combination with the right technique will help you remove the plaque and food debris from most places, but not all. Dental floss and interdental brush are your best allies for proper cleaning of the area between teeth, which is inaccessible to conventional toothbrushes. Try to use them at least once a day.
For best results, use dental floss before brushing your teeth.
Don’t be scared by the presence of blood
If you have not already incorporated dental floss into your daily habits, it is highly likely the first time you will use it to notice that your gums are bleeding. This should not, however, make you stop crossing the thread or avoid brushing it. Instead, the only way to stop the bleeding of your gums is to care for them by repairing them.
If your gums bleed even with a gentle brush, it is advisable to see your dentist, as you may have gingivitis.
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