You use it every day – but do you use it right? – Your toothbrush!
10 mistakes with your toothbrush
1. You are using a wrong toothbrush.
Your toothbrush should fit the size of your mouth and your teeth and your gums. If you feel you need to open your mouth really much, you may need to consider a smaller toothbrush, and if you are going to brush too hard, or if you have delicate gums, it is a good idea to choose a soft toothbrush.
2. Your toothbrush is too old.
Your toothbrush won’t last forever, so when you’ve had it for 3 months, it’s time to replace it with a newer model. Of course, if the bristles are bristling, change it. Remember that you can clean your toothbrush every now and then with boiling water.
3. You don’t spend enough time.
Brushing your teeth should take 2 minutes, and if you’re smart, divide your mouth into four sections, each of which you spend about 30 seconds on. Try to take time one day to get an idea of how much time you spend when you don’t even think about it.
4. You exaggerate.
You might think it’s a luxury for your teeth if you just brush your teeth a few times in the middle of the day too, but there you are wrong! You run the risk of grinding your teeth.
5. You brush at the wrong time.
You probably brush your teeth morning and evening, and it’s perfect! But do you also remember that you always have to wait at least half an hour to brush your teeth if you have just drunk juice or coffee, otherwise you could risk damaging the enamel?
6. Your toothbrush is dirty.
If you keep your toothbrush in the bathroom near the toilet, then there is quite a risk that some pretty sticky stuff may come on your toothbrush. Ad! Therefore, store it in a closet or in your room instead. Incidentally, it is also most hygienic if your toothbrush does not stand and rubs itself against the rest of your family’s toothbrushes in the toothbrush mug.
7. You forget your tongue.
You’ve been thorough with the toothbrush and your teeth are smooth and clean, but what about your tongue? Did you remember to clean it? You can either remove bacteria and food residue from the tongue with a real tongue scraper, with the built-in tongue cleaner that is on the back of many toothbrushes, or with your toothbrush. You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
8. You do the same thing every day.
First the front teeth, then the next ones, then the lower mouth and finally the canines … You probably end up brushing your teeth the same way day after day. Try changing your routine a little once in a while – that way you get focused on some places other than you usually do, and you don’t risk getting sloppy in the same places every day.
9. You rinse your mouth afterwards.
There are many dentists who say you get the most out of not rinsing your mouth when you’re done brushing your teeth. That way you get the most out of the good things that are in the toothpaste.
10. You do not use dental floss
It is difficult to clean your teeth in the spaces – especially if your teeth are seated tightly. Dentists therefore recommend that you use dental floss at least once a day. It seems cumbersome to begin with, but fortunately it quickly becomes a habit – and your dental hygiene becomes SO much better if you start using dental floss.