Although many people are afraid to go to the dentist, they do not do much to keep their teeth and mouth healthy and clean. In fact, some people who brush their teeth every day also find themselves suffering from pain and other similar problems, despite all their efforts.
While visiting your dentist every few months is recommended, you can also do some things to keep your teeth healthy. Dr Diksha Tahilramani Batra, a prosthodontist, implantologist and smile design specialist, says there are certain mistakes people make when brushing their teeth, a routine that is often a subconscious habit, but can lead to poor oral health and hygiene, if not. done right.
1. Not using the right toothbrush
The biggest myth of our time is to buy a medium or hard toothbrush for more effective cleaning. It can cause maximum damage over the years by eroding healthy, natural teeth with over-treatment.
2. Permanently use anti-sensitivity/whitening toothpaste
A common mistake is to use a medicated toothpaste that is meant to cover long-term sensitivity. Such practices mask the symptoms, but do not solve the problem and also make you prone to cavities, gum disease and bad breath, as the main component in these toothpastes is to treat sensitivity or lighten the color of the teeth.
The type of toothpaste doesn’t matter, as long as you use the right amount and brush twice a day. Sensitive toothpastes are meant to be used for the prescribed period of time and whitening toothpastes should be used under supervision to prevent potential damage to your teeth. Toothpaste should protect your teeth and gums, so use a combination that contains fluoride which protects your teeth from decay, and a gel-based part that has antibacterial properties to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
3. Brushing too fast, or too often
Most of us hate going to the dentist and think of brushing our teeth as an easier alternative. But you can’t really clean old cavities — just prevent new ones. Make sure you brush your teeth no more than twice a day. Brushing too much can damage your gums and enamel. It doesn’t take much pressure to remove plaque, which is why most dental practitioners recommend brushing with a balanced pressure.
4. Wrong tooth brushing technique
The stroke when brushing teeth should be vertical and not horizontal. Many people are used to doing long horizontal brush strokes. This causes irritation and damage.
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and scrub your gums and teeth in short, up-and-down motions. Do not use side-to-side sweeps. Also, start brushing off areas you’ve been ignoring for a while; reach the inside of your teeth.
Brushing your teeth hard damages the gums. Brushing your teeth more than 3-4 times is also not good for you. Since breaking a bad brushing habit can be difficult, switch from a manual brush to an automatic brush. The battery-operated brush eliminates the guesswork of brushing. It may take a while to adjust, but like so many things, automatic brushes make dental hygiene easy and even reduce the frequency of your dental visits.
“Brushing your teeth is just part of a complete dental care routine. Washing your mouth twice a day keeps it clean. Floss your teeth; It helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and below the gum line. Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals. Visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning,” says Dr Batra.
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