You may think you are doing a good job of taking care of your teeth if you brush twice a day. Make sure, however, that you aren’t making these common mistakes:
1. Not brushing long enough–Did you know you need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes? It can seem like an eternity if you haven’t been doing this but it is important in order to remove all of the plaque from your teeth. If you use an electric toothbrush, most of them now have built in timers to make it easier for you. If you use a manual toothbrush, use a kitchen timer or play a song to help lengthen your brush time.
2. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough–Once you start to see the bristles bend, it is time to replace your toothbrush or brush heads for your electric toothbrush. Additionally, have you ever wondered about those blue bristles on your toothbrush that turn white eventually? When the bristles turn white, it is an indicator that it is time to change your toothbrush. This should happen approximately every 3 – 4 months.
3. Brushing too hard–While brushing harder may feel like you are cleaning your teeth better, it can actually wear down your enamel and damage your gums. Some electric toothbrushes have sensors that light up if you are pressing too hard. Otherwise, brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand to use less pressure.
4. Covering your toothbrush–After you brush your teeth, you should rinse your toothbrush and let it air dry standing up. If you put a cover on a damp toothbrush, it will trap moisture and bacteria.
5. Getting bored–If you always brush your teeth the same way each time, you may get bored by the end and those last teeth may not get as much attention. So switch it up and start on the other side of your mouth the next time you brush–this goes for flossing too.
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