Toothbrushing Mistake No. 10: Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough
February 24th, 2014
The American Dental Association recommends getting a new brush every three or four months, or even sooner if the bristles look frayed.
But rather than go by a strict timeline, Price says a visual inspection of the bristles is better. “Once the bristles lose their normal flexibility and start to break apart, change your toothbrush,” he says.
“Look more at the state of the bristles than the time period,” he says.
Some brushes have colored indicators that alert you when they need replacing, says Price.
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Toothbrushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces Is Among the Most Common Brushing Mistakes”
January 02nd, 2014
Among the most common mistakes when brushing is skipping the inner tooth surfaces. As the person gets into brushing and covers more teeth, he or she often forgets to include the inner surfaces of the teeth before rinsing.
Dentists point out that the plaque you can’t see is just as important to remove as the plaque or debris you can see (says Richard H. Price, DMD, the consumer adviser for the American Dental Association). Having a checklist of the key areas which need to be cleaned thoroughly can help you cover all parts of your mouth when brushing.
Since the most common skipped area when brushing is the lower inner surfaces of the front teeth, it is best to alternate cleaning the inner surfaces first every time you brush. This way you can make sure that enough time and effort is given to those surfaces commonly skipped. Furthermore, make sure to use toothpaste with no or less alcohol since a stinging sensation makes you brush faster than usual.
If you always brush your inner tooth surfaces at the end, then the tendency would be to always have less time to clean them or not reaching those parts because you wanted to finish brushing as soon as possible. The plaque on the inner surfaces could spread to other teeth hence tooth decay is still inevitable unless you make sure all teeth, gums, and tongue are cleaned.
Toothbrushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following up with a Rinse is Very Unhygienic”
January 02nd, 2014
Not following up with a rinse is very unhygienic when it comes to your overall oral health. Bacteria could build up on your toothbrush if you don’t rinse it well after usage. This bacteria can be placed back into your mouth every time you start brushing.
In short, you will be putting old bacteria in your mouth every time you intend to clean your teeth through brushing. It obviously defeats the purpose of brushing which is to make sure that your mouth is clean and free of plaque.
According to Laurence Rifkin (DDS, a dentist in Beverly Hills, California), putting old bacteria in your mouth should be avoided by rinsing your toothbrush well and letting it dry right after using it.
Aside from the fact that is very unhygienic not to rinse your toothbrush well, it can also lead to various digestive problems in the future.Therefore, if you want to have a healthy mouth and body, start by cleaning your toothbrush correctly right after using it.
If you have toothbrush cover, make sure it can let the air pass through to get rid of moisture which is the breeding ground of bacteria. These tips can actually prevent bacteria staying on your tooth brush. So always remember to rinse your toothbrush well right after using.
Toothbrushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry Can Cultivate More Bacteria”
January 02nd, 2014
Most people follow a certain routine when it comes to brushing. They first put toothpaste on their brush, then starting brushing their mouth. Well-informed persons divide their mouth into quadrants to make sure they spend enough time for each quadrant and ensure that their mouths are thoroughly cleaned.
These people also make it a habit to brush for the recommended frequency, choose the right bristles, and follow the right strokes such as brushing vertically or in a circular motion.
After doing all the things on the checklist, most of these people are confident that they have done everything that ought to be done.However, these people often forget to let their toothbrushes dry after using them.
Since letting the toothbrush dry is not on their checklist, they tend to ignore this important step every single day not knowing what can happen if they continue to do so. Not letting the toothbrush dry invites bacteria to thrive in your toothbrush.
Hence, you need to let it air dry first before you store it. If you have storage for your toothbrush make sure the air can pass through the brush to get rid of moisture.
This way you are preventing a buildup in bacteria. Once you lose a tooth, you’ll lose it forever so be very careful with them.
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