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Are You Brushing Your Teeth The Wrong Way?

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Brushing and flossing are two of the most important parts of your ongoing oral care. Unfortunately, you may be doing one of these things all wrong. Given that brushing is such a standard part of a person's daily routine, most people simply go through the motions without ever giving their actions much thought. Following are several mistakes that you could be making each time you brush your teeth.

Using A Toothbrush That's Too Large

You shouldn't have to strain to open your mouth wide enough to let your toothbrush in. Your toothbrush should have a nice, comfortable fit and it should be slim enough to angle in towards your back teeth. If your toothbrush is too large, you're probably missing multiple tooth surfaces each and every day. This can allow build-ups of tartar, plaque and harmful bacteria to weaken and erode the teeth.

Using Bristles That Are Too Hard

There's no need to scrub your tooth surfaces with a harsh, hard-bristled brush in order to remove trapped food and other debris. In fact, this technique can make the gums sore and inflamed, which will make you less likely to do a thorough job. Surprisingly, brushing your teeth temporarily softens the enamel, especially if you brush right after an acidic meal. This means that you should always use a slow, gentle and circular motion while brushing with a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush.

Not Brushing Long Enough

When brushing is done gently and correctly, it should stimulate the gums, clean the tongue and the interior of the cheeks, eliminate foul odors in the mouth and clear out old food debris. If you aren't accomplishing all of these things when you brush, you aren't doing a good job and problems can ensue. In addition to using a soft toothbrush, make sure that also you're using a toothpaste that's easy on your gums. Whitening toothpastes contain harsh abrasives that can cause soreness in the soft tissues and this may make you less than eager to brush for an acceptable amount of time.

Storing Your Toothbrush In The Bathroom

Don't store your toothbrush next to the toilet. Even if it's in an attractive holder on the counter, it's still subject to airborne germs from the toilet area. You can put your toothbrush holder in the medicine cabinet or in a nearby hall closet. Also, try not to let toothbrushes touch each other once they're put away. This transfers mouth germs from one family member to the next. Toothbrushes should additionally be stored only when dry. A damp toothbrush can provide the perfect breeding grounds for harmful organisms to flourish.

Brushing your teeth the right way is the very first step towards getting a positive and wholly problem-free check up. Remember, brushing hard and fast won't provide the same results that slow, circular motions will. Moreover, choosing the right oral care products and keeping them clean are also vital parts of this routine.