Everyone understands the importance of clean teeth. Brushing your teeth is the most efficient way to keep your teeth clean, your gums healthy, and your breath fresh. The older we get, the more important it becomes to nail home how imperative it is to not only brush but to brush thoroughly. The risk of oral-related illnesses and diseases, including tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. We can also benefit the condition of our oral health by flossing and using an anti-bacterial mouthwash, but we can also improve it by practicing proper brushing techniques. Here are five brushing mistakes you may be making and why it is important to correct them:

Not Brushing the Entire Surface of Your Teeth
It’s important to brush your teeth approximately 30-45 minutes after you’ve eaten a meal as lingering food particles can create plaque, and if plaque is left dormant on the surface of your teeth for a long time, it can lead to tooth decay and root canals. It’s important to brush the entire surface area of your teeth; food particles can find their way into the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Ensure that you’re brushing at a 45° angle to reach all the tough-to-reach places. Be sure to inspect your teeth in the mirror following to see if you have anything in your gums or in between your teeth.

Brushing for Too Short a Time
Brushing your teeth is not something you can rush. We’ve encountered many patients that believe it’s enough to brush their teeth for 15-30 seconds a session, especially if they’re in a rush. Brushing your teeth for less than 2 minutes per session can be detrimental to your overall health. You should spend at least 2 minutes, brushing your teeth. Spend 30 seconds brushing each corner of your mouth for an optimal clean.

You Only Brush Your Teeth Once A Day
The health of your teeth, gums and tongue are dependent on you brushing your teeth multiple times per day. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth once in the morning, once before bed and once after meals. If you’re only brushing once a day, there is a high chance that plaque will accrue, which could lead to future complications.

Using an Old Toothbrush
Eventually, you will need to change your toothbrush even if you feel it still has more to give. Toothbrushes should be replaced once every 2-3 months and no more than six months. Bacteria and germ buildup may prevent your mouth from achieving a good cleaning.

Using A Toothbrush with Hard Bristles
Using toothbrushes with hard bristles may impede any progress you wish to make by brushing more frequently. Hard bristles tend to wear down your tooth’s enamel, which may lead to sensitivity. Purchase a toothbrush that is soft and malleable for the best cleaning results.

It’s important to be patient while brushing your teeth because rushing the process can only make things worse. For more information, contact the Burlington Dental Centre today!