You might not think that you couldn’t go wrong when you’re brushing, but you might be surprised. There are several common mistakes that we all make when it comes to brushing our teeth. Just a small adjustment can get you on the way to better habits. Here are 5 common brushing mistakes you might be making:
1. Brushing too little
Obvious, right? Brushing three times a day not only keeps your teeth looking great, but it keeps your whole mouth healthy. If you brush less than two to three times a day or for less than two minutes at a time, start a better habit for your health’s sake.
2. Brushing too much
This one’s not so obvious. Brushing too much can eventually do more harm than good. Excessive brushing can hurt your gums and put extra strain on your enamel, especially since toothpaste contains abrasives.
3. Using the wrong toothbrush
Toothbrushes come in different sizes and varieties. Make sure you pick one that’s comfortable to hold, a size that fits comfortably in your mouth, and one that has soft bristles. Stiffer bristles are sold, but like brushing too hard, it’s possible that they can do more harm than they need to, especially to your gums.
4. Brushing incorrectly
Technique is an important part of brushing effectively. Instead of long, horizontal strokes, try putting the bristles at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use short, circular strokes. Instead of moving across your teeth, go up and down on both the front and back sides.
5. Not changing your toothbrush
As toothbrushes wear, the bristles get less and less effective. A good rule of thumb is to change out your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles look frayed or broken.
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