We sometimes just don’t know it but we are guilty of committing crimes to our teeth and gums. How awful is this and how do we pay our debts to our ever loyal chompers? Read on and learn.
1. Blindly buying toothbrush and not knowing the right one for us
Just like how we buy our clothes, we should consider sizes, textures, make and design when it comes too toothbrushes.
a. Size: If you are having trouble opening your mouth wide enough when brushing then it might be too big for you.
b. Textures: There are extra soft, soft, mild, medium, hard, etc. Take your pick depending on your general dental needs.
c. Make: Do you want the one with the tongue cleaner? Do you want it manual or electrical? It’s just a matter of personal preference here.
d. Design: Again, it’s a matter of individual preference.
2. Brushing too soon
Brushing your teeth immediately after eating is bad, believe it or not. You should wait at least 30 minutes before you brush so that the enamel hardens back up (food acids weakens enamel).
3. Brushing too fast
Well, this is completely another story. You should really take your time brushing and make sure you have brushed all the edges and all the parts of your teeth (and don’t forget your tongue). Brush your teeth for at least 3 minutes.
4. You don’t go to the dentist at least once a year
Even if you don’t have dental problems, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay your dentist a visit once or twice a year. There are more things a dentist can advise us even if our teeth don’t hurt (yet.)
5. Using more than enough toothpaste
Contrary to popular belief, we only need a pea sized amount of toothpaste every time we brush, not an inch long that we usually see in the commercials.
6. You love your toothbrush too much
I know we have to because they are giving us the best service but we have to let go and replace our toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, really.