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Awful Mistakes You Make That Spoils Your Teeth

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No doubt everyone knows to have an healthy mouth, we need to clean and brush our teeth daily. Brushing, flossing and getting regular dental cleans/checkups will help you to have a great looking smile, brighter whiter looking teeth and fresh breath. They are an important part in preventing gum disease and reducing the risk of tooth loss and dental problems.

Though you probably brush your teeth everyday, there are certain mistakes you might be guilty of making which could have serious consequences for your teeth. Lets take a look at some of these awful mistakes we make that spoils our teeth.

1. Not brushing twice daily

Brushing twice everyday is a well-known bit of dental wisdom many people fail to practice as most people including myself only brush in the morning and fail to brush the teeth before going to bed, whereas plaque form most easily during sleep and you create a plaque-friendly environment when you don’t brush before bed.

2. Brushing immediately after eating

Brushing immediately after eating wears the enamel which can lead to sensitive teeth and exposure of the yellow dentin below the enamel, so therefore its advisable brush before you eat or 30 minutes after eating.

3. Brushing to hard 

Brushing too hard cause receding gums and damage the enamel. Hard brushing is also less effective at cleaning the teeth than soft brushing, so ensure you brush gently, hold your toothbrush with your fingertips like a paint brush, not with the palm of your hand.

4. Brushing only your front teeth

Many people brush only their front teeth and neglect other parts of the teeth. The hidden crevices of your teeth are the ones most likely to end up covered in plaque. Ensure you brush every part of your teeth.

5. Not brushing long enough

Most people are guilty of not brushing their teeth long enough. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes.

6. Rinsing the mouth immediately after washing 

Rinsing your mouth immediately after brushing isn’t ideal as it doesn’t let your toothpaste work its magic. If you want your toothpaste to take full effect, try not to rinse your mouth with water until 30 minutes after brushing. Just spit out the toothpaste and wait for 30 minutes before you rinse with water.

7. Not changing your toothbrush regularly

Most people change their toothbrush once or twice a year and this is wrong. Brushes become unhygienic after a while, particularly if you have been ill in that period. The bristles of your toothbrush become worn and bent after using it for too long and this renders the toothbrush useless at cleaning so ensure you change your toothbrush every three months.

8. Not air-drying your toothbrush 

You make your toothbrush a breeding ground for mold and bacteria when you store your wet toothbrush in an enclosed cover. Store your toothbrush with bristles out and let it dry in the air. Ensure its not close to your toilet.

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