8 Common Mistakes You Make While Brushing Your Teeth

by Divyata Raut
HEALTH  |  September 26, 2017
  • Using too much force
    1 / 8 Using too much force

    If you grip your brush hardly, chances are that you are scrubbing your pearly whites with a lot of unnecessary force. You are after all, only trying to brush away food particles and remove plaque, not buff them forcefully with sandpaper. Gentle, circular motions will get rid of plaque, food and bacteria just fine.

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  • Toothbrush bristles are too hard
    2 / 8 Toothbrush bristles are too hard

    You might feel that your teeth are squeaky clean with hard bristles but their sharp, rough and dense edges are harming your delicate gums. Softer bristles can dislodge food particles too, with added gum protection!

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  • Over-brushing
    3 / 8 Over-brushing

    Brushing more than twice a day can do more harm than good as excessive brushing might erode tooth enamel, a thin layer that protects your teeth. The constant friction might also injure your gums, leading to a sensitivity!

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  • Not brushing twice a day
    4 / 8 Not brushing twice a day

    It is important to brush your teeth every morning, to remove unsightly plague and give you fresh smelling breath for the day ahead. More importantly, you should brush your teeth every night to clean out and remove any food particles that are stuck in your mouth. The optimum time to brush is about 2-3 minutes, using gentle circular motions. 

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  • Neglecting inner side of teeth
    5 / 8 Neglecting inner side of teeth

    Brushing your front teeth is important for a brilliant smile but remember that plaque forms on the inner surface of your teeth as well so don’t just focus on brushing your outer teeth. Remind yourself to spend some time on your molars as well for fantastic dental health!

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  • Skipping your tongue
    6 / 8 Skipping your tongue

    Your tongue is a furry, soft object at the centre of your mouth that contains a lot of bacteria and plague. That’s why it’s extremely crucial that you either use a tongue scraper or your brush to clean your tongue. This also helps prevent bad breath!

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  • Old toothbrushes
    7 / 8 Old toothbrushes

    If the bristles are worn out and frayed, it’s time to change your toothbrush. The broken and rough bristles won’t function efficiently in eliminating the plague as they lose their flexibility in reaching out for every nook and cranny. Keep brushes for longer than 3 months and the bristles will also form a nice environment for bacteria to accumulate. So make it a point to change your brush every two months.

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  • Keeping your toothbrush in the toilet
    8 / 8 Keeping your toothbrush in the toilet

    If you place your toothbrush right next to the toilet bowl then there are chances that your brush might retain some of the bacteria that lurk in the air right after you flush. Yikes! Instead, store your brushes away from the toilet bowl and be sure to close the lid of the toilet bowl before flushing. Additionally, keep the brushes upright in a holder instead of lying then down on a surface to prevent further contamination.

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