Mistake 1: Tooth brush comes in a various of sizes. It’s important to choose a brush of the correct size to clean your teeth. Bigger brush will be a strain to keep your mouth open. Smaller, then will not clean your mouth effectively.
Mistake 2: Wrong choice of bristles. Angled bristles are best as they clean the teeth regardless of the position. Opt for soft ones, as hard and stiff bristles can injure the gums.
Mistake 3: Ignorance about the brushing technique is another point to note. Use short, gentle strokes and move the toothbrush back and forth around your teeth. Brush circularly or vertically around the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of all your teeth. When done, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath.
Mistake 4: Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Although brushing thrice is preferred to neutralize bacterial growth and acidity generated by eating foods with lots of preservatives in them.
Mistake 5: Brushing teeth more than 3 times a day can lead to recession of gum line as well as erosion of enamel.
Mistake 6: It is recommended to keep changing the brushing routine once in a while. Otherwise, we tend to get lazy and miss plenty of tooth surface.
Mistake 7: The inner surface of the tooth is just as important as the outer areas that make up your smile. Build up of plaque and bacteria on the inner surface can lead to gum disease and cavities.
Mistake 8: Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use. Just imagine the amount of bacteria that will be growing on that brush, if not rinsed properly. Would you really want to stick that thing back in your mouth afterwards?
Mistake 9: A damp toothbrush is a petri dish of bacteria! Dry the toothbrush before storing.
Mistake 10: After using a toothbrush for a few months, the bristles bend and get ragged. Such toothbrush will not clean your teeth effectively. Most experts recommend switching to a new one every 3-4 months.