Though we brush twice a day, some of us still make simple brushing mistakes. Here are some of the most common.
1. Brushing Too Hard
The American Dental Association recommends brushing at a 45-degree angle with short strokes. Gently brush in a circular motion, but be careful not to brush too hard. Think of it as massaging your teeth, rather than scrubbing them.
2. Choosing the Wrong Brush
Whatever brush you choose, whether your standard plastic toothbrush or an electric brush, you'll need to be sure that the bristles are soft. They need to be able to bend in order to get along the gum line and in hard-to-reach places.
3. Not Brushing for Long Enough
You need to brush your teeth for a full two minutes in order to be sure they're properly cleaned. Set a timer, or even put on your favorite song to be sure you're brushing for long enough.
4. You Don't Brush Along Your Gumline
Bacteria gets stuck along the gum line and is often forgotten. Be sure to brush along the gum line, and even a bit underneath to reach that bacteria.
5. Keeping Your Brush/Brush Head for Too Long
When the bristles of your brush become discolored or bent, it's time to get a new brush. The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush every two to three months.
6. Not Brushing Often Enough
Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. The best times to brush are in the morning after you wake up, and in the evening before you go to bed.