Regularly brushing, flossing and rinsing (as well as visiting your Aylmer dentist for checkups and cleanings) are key parts to maintaining the best dental health possible, but only if they are done consistently and properly. Especially when it comes to maintaining your teeth while at home, brushing is important, however many people are doing it incorrectly.
Here are some of the common mistakes people tend to make when it comes to brushing their teeth:
‘Picking the wrong toothbrush
The size of the brush’s head is important, too, especially if you have a smaller mouth. Brushes also have various sizes of handles and different angles. Some are more flexible than others. But the critical part, dentists agree, is the bristles that remove the bacteria and loosen plaque from your teeth and gums. That plaque can cause gum disease and lead to tooth decay. Soft bristles clean very effectively, more than the hard bristles. The hard bristles actually can wear down your tooth structure.
Brushing too aggressively
One of the biggest issues that people have is that they try to scrub their teeth too hard. They feel like if they really don’t go at the teeth, like they’re trying to clean the grout in their bathroom tile, that they’re not doing the right job. Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub. The best way to fix this is to take away the mental issue of ‘scrub’ and ‘scrub brush’ and replace it with the word ‘massage.
You use the same brush for too long
When you find a good toothbrush, it’s sometimes hard to give it up. But when you see changes in the bristles — when they become discolored, bent, or dirty looking — it’s time to chuck the brush. It loses its powers when the bristles become frayed. So change it at least every 3 to 4 months. Also, it’s smart not to share your brush with anyone else. And keep it in the open air to keep mold or bacteria from growing on it when it’s wet.’
Education is the key to promoting the healthiest teeth and gums possible. At Aylmer Dentistry we’re always here to answer your questions about dental health in order to help you achieve your brightest smile.