Time to Brush Up on Dental Hygiene
Bad oral care leads to bad breath and not-so-good-looking teeth. Admit it, the first thing you do in the morning, or even the second, is brush your teeth. But, have you ever thought you might be doing it all wrong? You’ve probably been brushing your teeth since you could hold a toothbrush, and bad habits are hard to break. It is worth every effort, though, to try and win each time you put your toothbrush inside your mouth.
The next time you practice your tooth-care technique, make sure you do not commit these brushing crimes, and keep your teeth in tip-top shape.
Using the same toothbrush for far too long. The average life of a toothbrush is about 2 months or 200 uses. Meaning, the bristles of the brush start to wear out and don’t clean your teeth properly. Keep changing your brush on a regular basis before the bristles wear out. Too many uses of an old brush simply aren’t as effective against plaque, gingivitis or other mouth-altering thoughts.
Not giving your tongue tender, loving care. It may feel odd to brush your tongue, but it’s an important step of oral health. When you’re done brushing your teeth, drag your toothbrush across your tongue to remove bacteria, or purchase a tongue scraper. Nowadays they are available almost anywhere.
Avoiding proper technique. Easily fixable. Dedicate minutes of your precious morning and pre-bedtime routines and try putting the toothbrush in your non-dominant hand. Then place the toothbrush over your teeth and wiggle it back and forth a little bit, making sure the bristles cover each tooth and work their way around the sides of the tooth. What you are doing is letting the bristles of the toothbrush to find their way into the spaces between your teeth. This ensures all of the food particles and plaque are removed. Stop your hacksaw moves of aggressive back-and-forth motions. Take your time and improvements will follow.
Not brushing long enough. Yes, we are all in a rush in the morning and tend to rush through brushing our teeth as well which leaves the teeth in a bad state. Two minutes is the minimum time you need to spend on brushing your teeth and nothing less than that.
Your toothbrush lives on the counter. We are aware that most people go out and buy a toothbrush holder for the decor of their restroom. As experts, we warn to not EVER leave your toothbrush out. Every time the toilet flushes, you might not see it, but it openly spreads human feces in the air, which could be settling on your toothbrush..
Oral care is one of the most important parts of life. Major organs can be hurt, or fail on you, from mouth complications. For example, according to Delta Dental, “the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.” Plus, digestion begins in the mouth, and problems that start there could lead to irritable bowel syndrome, or even intestinal failure. Absolutely no one wants to take part in any of that.