You don’t clean at the right time of day
If only once a day you were to brush when would be the best time? Naturally, night time! The longest period of the day when you’re not eating when you’re sleeping, and therefore feeding the bacteria that cause decay of the tooth and gum disease. Another mistake I encounter as I speak to people every day is that many people brush up the morning before breakfast. It’s okay to freshen your morning breath, but remember to brush after eating. After all, before exercising in the gym, you wouldn’t have a shower and not after!
You use the wrong brush
Anything but a soft brush can harm not only the teeth, but also the gums. Plaque is smooth and easy to remove. Remember, not how hard you are brushing, it’s how deeply you are brushing. Use a smooth brush at all times.
You ignore the rest of your mouth
In the tiny crevices between the “papillae” on the back of the tongue, your tongue harbors food and bacteria. To get rid of these harmful bacteria, use a tongue scraper or your brush. (Your breath can also be improved!)
Not using proper technique
Believe it or not, I spent 2 years in dental practice before learning how to properly floss! Many people have never really learned how to properly brush either and many dental professionals are guilty of paying “lip service” for proper oral hygiene without showing their patients how to do it properly. If you have any doubts, always check with us. Never “scrub” and don’t apply too much pressure.
Not brushing long enough
The American Dental Association recommends for 2 minutes each time brushing twice a day. If you watch the clock, two minutes is a long time! That’s one reason I’m a fan of electric toothbrushes is because they’re running 2 minutes on a timer so you don’t have to think about it.
You don’t replace your brush
If the bristles get worn, you should probably replace your brush every 3-4 months, more often. Worn bristles will not remove plaque and bacteria effectively. And don’t forget to immediately replace your brush if you were sick! In the bristles, bacteria and viruses from a disease can reside and potentially re-infect you.