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Bad Brushing Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is more than just loading up a toothbrush with some toothpaste, scrubbing your teeth for 30 seconds and then rinsing. Maybe it's time you brush up on proper techniques to help you keep your smile healthy and happy. Enjoy the article and thank you for reading.

There’s more to life than pearly white teeth, but it's a good place to start. Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day. The purpose of brushing is to decrease the bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease and bad breath. But instead of helping you, is brushing teeth turning out to be a painful chore?

It is vital to follow the right technique. If you wish to have more than just bright white teeth you need to concentrate on the following techniques:

Clean the outer surface of the teeth
Clean the inner surfaces of the teeth
Clean the chewing surfaces, which are used heavily
Use small circular motions
Brush the gums as well as the teeth
Clean your tongue for fresh breath
Use floss to clean in between the teeth

By following this routine you can achieve good oral health. If you fail to brush regularly, you are at risk of developing dental problems.

Most people complain of dental problems even after brushing their teeth on a regular basis. This is because the brushing methods that they follow are incorrect.

Here are some helpful tips for the right techniques:

Most people brush in a hurry. If this is you then it is not surprising that brushing has become painful. You need to brush for at least 2-3 minutes. It takes that much time to concentrate on all the surfaces and the gums to clean them. Place a timer in the brushing area. Set the alarm for not less than 3 minutes, it will help you keep a track of the time. Electric brushes have a pre-set timer making it even easier.

Place a mirror in your brushing area. People usually fail to brush the area near the gum line. By not cleaning that surface bacteria, plaque and tartar build up easily. By looking in the mirror while brushing you can come across dental problems yourself. If you notice anything do not fail to mention them at your next dental visit.

The wrong toothbrush has hard bristles. Choose a brush with soft or medium bristles which are arranged in different directions. Using an electric toothbrush is a good option as it not only has a timer but also concentrates on the different areas. The Cochrane report has shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushing.

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Topics: Brushing habits