Toothbrushing Mistake No. 6 “Does Starting in the Same Place Each Time When Brushing Matter?”

  • Toothbrushing Mistake No. 6 “Does Starting in the Same Place Each Time When Brushing Matter?”

    November 26th, 2013

    Experts say that starting in the same place each time when brushing could have a great impact on your overall oral health. Dr. Richard H. Price, DMD, the consumer advisor for the American Dental Association stressed that most people start in the same part or quadrant of their mouth over and over again.

    Starting in the same place each time makes you get lazy, covering the same place every time you’re brushing your teeth. This means that other parts of your mouth and teeth get less effort which may in turn increase cavity build up and tooth decay.

    Studies also show that most right handed individuals start at the upper left corner of their mouth when brushing, yet left handed people start at the upper right corner of their mouth. Since the initial effort put into brushing teeth is higher and decreases accordingly as we are about to finish brushing, the last parts of the mouth being cleaned will suffer.

    At the end of the brushing cycle the most common areas cleaned include inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and the back of the teeth. In order to avoid uneven wear out, you need to start brushing on alternate sides of your mouth. This way you can ensure all teeth have equal chances of getting cleaned thoroughly.

  • Toothbrushing Mistake No.5 “Not Brushing Correctly”

    November 14th, 2013

    Not brushing correctly is a common mistake for most people. Brushing for the recommended frequency and duration is good but it won’t work unless you are doing it properly. So are there routines to follow when it comes to brushing the teeth?

    When cleaning your teeth, there is a certain checklist which needs to be completed. All teeth including gums, tongue, and other parts of the mouth should be cleaned, not just the teeth. First, wet your brush and squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on it.

    Gently brush your teeth in a circular or vertical motion but make sure not to brush across your teeth. Then, clean each tooth by working your way around your mouth. It’s easier if you can divide your mouth into four quadrants so you can evenly spend 30 seconds for each of the quadrant.

    When brushing your molars, position the brush perpendicular to your teeth so the bristles will be on top of your bottom molars. You can move the brush from the back of your mouth to the front in an in-and-out motion.

    Next, brush the inner surfaces of your teeth including the insides of the lower front teeth and upper front teeth. After making sure all of the teeth are brushed, gently brush your tongue. After doing so, rinse your mouth to prevent ingesting the fluoride. You also need to rinse your toothbrush after brushing and have it dry before storing it to prevent bacteria build up.

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  • Toothbrushing Mistake No. 4 “Brushing too often or too hard”

    November 06th, 2013

    Most people think that brushing their teeth too often can save them and keep them healthy for  years to come. However, this is not always the case. Brushing of teeth should only be done between two to four times daily. Brushing them more than this recommended frequency is not healthy at all and can even be detrimental. Why? Brushing your teeth can cause your gums to recede hence when you brush too often, you’ll have a more sensitive teeth (one of the symptoms of gums receding).

    If you have the urge to brush frequently, try rinsing your mouth with non-alcoholic mouthwash instead so you’ll feel clean without having to brush too often. Brushing the teeth too often could expose the roots of your teeth to irritation therefore it is not a good habit to excessively brush your teeth. If you want to clean your teeth properly, you should not brush them too hard either.  This can corrode your enamel causing tooth decay.

    The technique is to brush them gently for about two to three minutes two to four times daily. Lastly, when you’re eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages, it is recommended you don’t brush right away. Waiting for around 30 minutes before brushing is appropriate to avoid damaging the enamel. Always remember, everything done excessively can have negative effects, and brushing your teeth to often or too hard is not an exception.

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  • Toothbrushing Mistake # 3 “Not brushing often or long enough”

    November 04th, 2013

    The most common brushing mistake is not brushing often enough or long enough. Most people think that brushing teeth is good enough even if it only takes 30 seconds to one minute of their time. The breaking news is that brushing the teeth properly should take at least two minutes of your time.

    Brushing your teeth for three minutes is even better. Hence, dentists recommend using a timer when brushing teeth in order to ensure that enough time is allocated cleaning them. Allocating at least 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth is best practice to ensure that all areas get enough time to be cleaned. According to Michael Sesemann, DDS (president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an Omaha dentist), most people fall short of this timeline.

    Sesemann also recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day but brushing them three times daily is better since plaque builds up over the time intervals of brushing. In addition, to make the two-minute brushing time bearable for those who are not used to brushing their teeth long enough, multitasking can help take your mind off brushing. Watching television or reading the paper are just some examples of the other things you could do whilst brushing your teeth.