Seven Silly Mistakes To Avoid While Brushing Your Teeth

Posted on Healthcare By DoctorUna - Published on 2021-03-06

A lovely and flawless smile is always the first thing that gets noticed. Your heartening smile showcasing pearly white teeth enhances your personality and makes you look more attractive. To maintain healthy oral hygiene and good teeth, you should brush and floss your teeth regularly. It is also necessary to visit your dentist for periodic check-ups to rule out possible oral infections and tooth problems. 

However, if you are taking appointment with a dentist in dubai quite frequently, then probably you may be making some mistakes while brushing your teeth.

Let us explore some of the common brushing errors we all make and ways to correct them:

  • Not changing your toothbrush 

Dentists and oral experts recommend that you need to change your toothbrush after using it for three months. Old toothbrushes may have worn our bristles that can no longer scrape off the debris stuck inside your mouth. Technically speaking, you must replace your old toothbrush with a new one after 200 uses. 

  • Brushing too aggressively 

According to a Chicago-based oral expert, Dr. Gene Romo, DDS, most people tend to brush their teeth too harshly thinking that it is the only way to make the teeth look whiter, brighter, and clean. However, Dr. Romo advises against it, harsh brushing may not only cause gum recession, but it may also wear away the protective white enamel coating, making them yellowish and darker. Toothbrush abrasion can even lead to developing sensitive teeth. Your guide to white teeth may actually indicate gentle brushing. Ideally, you should brush your teeth back and forth applying the gentlest pressure. 

  • Using a hard or wrong toothbrush 

Based on your dental history, a dentist may recommend a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles. Usually, the dentist may suggest using soft-bristled toothbrushes as they bend to reach the mouth spaces that hard bristles cannot reach. Soft brushes do not harm the gums in any way. If you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush, it can damage the gums and erode the teeth' enamel. 

  • Miscalculating the brushing time 

Most people brush their teeth for around 45 seconds. According to dental experts, it is not enough. You need to brush your teeth for exactly two minutes maintaining a right-angled direction. You must not press the brush too hard. 

  • Bacterial invasion 

To obviate the risk of bacterial attack on the toothbrush, it is best to avoid keeping the toothbrush inside the washroom.  According to Professor. Mia Geisinger, D.D.S., M.S., toothbrushes must be stored in an upright position in a clean environment that helps them fully dry out in between their usage periods. So, say NO to medical cabinets! 

  • Not cleaning your tongue 

You need not buy a tongue scraper to clean your tongue, you can even use your toothbrush. The bristles of a toothbrush can gently excoriate all bacterial residues present on your tongue and help you clean the tongue. Cleaning your tongue can also keep away the problem of bad breath. You can also brush the roof of your mouth to remove the thin saliva film covering it. 

  • Once a day brushing 

Brushing your teeth only in the morning is simply not enough. You have to brush twice a day, in the morning as well as at night. Morning brushing removes all bad breath dour and bacterial build-up. Night brushing helps remove all food particles that are sticking between your teeth. Brushing your teeth more than two times is not recommended by oral experts. 


What do you mean by dry brushing teeth?

It means cleaning your teeth by using just the toothbrush without using paste or water. It can effectively reduce the formation of plaque and stop gum bleeding. 

How to brush your teeth properly step by step?

Keep the brush at a 45-degree angle in the direction of the gum line, use a small amount of toothpaste, rub in a circular motion, repeat on the inside areas of the mouth, rub in a light back-forth motion, brush for two minutes, and spit the paste after a thorough brushing. 

Is it necessary to brush your teeth every day?

Yes, it is crucial to brush your teeth daily to maintain proper oral hygiene. The  American Dental Association (ADA) suggests brushing teeth two times a day with a superior fluoride-based toothpaste for exactly two minutes. 

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