Brushing your teeth is an ideal way to maintain healthy gums and teeth. It is something we do everyday. However, there are most of the people who will commit mistakes at least once. Listed below are some common brushing mistakes you should avoid for an improved oral health in the long run.

Brushing Only for a While
The average person’s brushing time is ONLY 45 seconds. Not brushing your teeth for an extended duration means inviting cavities, tooth decay and other oral health issues. Therefore, it is recommended to brush teeth for at least 2 minutes. This is when fluoride acts on your teeth effectively. Initially, you can start by setting a timer when you start to brush. Another option is using electric toothbrushes that comes with timer.

Brushing Too Rough
The quality of cleaning teeth is independent of the strength, however, it is strictly dependent on the movements made. So, horizontal, vertical and circular movements are the most picked angles to take into account.

Not Changing Your Toothbrush for a While
It is ideal to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. So, as soon as your toothbrush starts degrading, you need to replace it immediately. A worn brush not only damages your gums but also quite inefficient.

Using Wrong Toothbrush
It is better to choose a toothbrush that ideally suits your needs and preferences. With different types of handles, filaments, size and head available, choose the one that fits your needs.

Our dentists at Elgin Dental Office TX recommends using an easy-to-hold, flexible toothbrush that is the right size for you.

Wrong Choice of Bristles
Angled bristles are considered the best as they clean the teeth irrespective of the position. Hard and stiff bristles could damage the gums. So, it is advisable to use soft ones.  Frayed or broken bristles won’t clean your mouth properly. Change your toothbrush once the bristles lose their flexibility.

Rinsing Your Mouth With Water After Brushing Your Teeth
The moment water mixes with the toothpaste, it cuts down the efficiency of fluoride from your toothpaste. Instead use a mouth rinse that contains fluoride. Rinse, gargle and spit the mouthwash and that is sufficient. But don’t use water.

If you still have any queries, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help.