If you want your teeth to stay healthy and remain aesthetically pleasing, then one of the best things you can do in the comfort of your own home is to clean them regularly. For many people, however, cleaning their teeth is something that it’s easy to take for granted, the assumption being that you just scrub as hard as you can to shift all the debris. The truth, however, is a bit more complicated.
There are common mistakes which people make when cleaning their teeth. Although every individual should establish their own cleaning regime, tailored to fit their needs and oral health concerns and to avoid tooth decay, there are general rules which should be followed, and amongst the wrong moves you should try to avoid are the following:
Bad Brushing Technique – brushing your teeth firmly from side to side can actually damage the enamel due to the overly abrasive effect of the bristle movement. The recommended technique is to hold the brush at a forty five degree angle to the teeth and brush in a gentle circular motion.
Not Paying Attention – It’s vital that you brush your teeth in front of the mirror, meaning you can watch carefully to ensure that you cover every part of the enamel’s surface. Without watching carefully, for example, it can be difficult to ensure that you clean thoroughly where the gums meet the teeth.
The Wrong Brush – It’s easy, as a layman, to assume that the harder the brush is, the cleaner it will get your teeth, but the truth is that overly stiff bristles will just wreak havoc on the delicate surface of the enamel. It’s recommended that you purchase a toothbrush with soft or ultra-soft bristles.
Not Flossing – many people tend to think of flossing your teeth as being some kind of optional extra for those who’ve got a lot of time on their hands. The truth, however, is that flossing correctly is vital if you wish to remove all the debris which attacks itself to the teeth. Bits of food, plaque and other debris which collect between the teeth are difficult to remove with brushing alone and, if left untreated, can attract the bacteria which ultimately lead to tooth decay.
Not Brushing Long Enough – The fact that you usually brush your teeth when you’re in a hurry to leave for work, or when you’re tired and about to go to bed, means that there’s a natural tendency to rush things. Dentists recommend you spend two or three minutes cleaning your teeth, however, so it may be useful to take a device such as an egg timer alarm into the bathroom with you.
Wrong Toothpaste – Many people use baking soda toothpaste because it lifts stains from the surface of the teeth. Whilst this is true, it does so by using an abrasive effect, and any abrasiveness, as well as shifting marks, will attack the enamel of the tooth and begin to wear it away.
Not Rinsing – if you fail to rinse your teeth after all the hard work you’ve put in with brushing and flossing, then all that effort could go to waste. If you don’t rinse your mouth, the debris and bacteria you’ve shifted will be left behind and may well go on to attack your teeth all over again.
Whilst a modern orthodontist can offer treatments aimed at transforming the appearance of your smile, the best treatment in the world will go to waste if you don’t look after them at home and keep them clean. Dental implants and teeth whitening are all very well, and doubtless have a dramatic effect, but they won’t stay looking good for long if you don’t clean them properly.
Looking after your teeth is a full time, lifelong job, and working in close conjunction with your dentist, you’ll be able to develop an oral hygiene regime which works perfectly for you. Avoiding common mistakes is a vital part of that, since cleaning your teeth in the wrong way will do more harm than good.