4 Mistakes You’re Making When Brushing Your Teeth

woman brushing her teeth

Brushing teeth is a skill we learn when we’re just a few years old, but you’d be surprised to know how often adults get this wrong. In fact, you’re probably making mistakes too, without even realizing it!

Here are a few brushing mistakes to avoid.

You’re Not Brushing All Surfaces

When we say all surfaces, we mean all surfaces. These include both the inner and outer chewing surfaces of your teeth as well as the gaps in between. 

There’s an easy way to do this. To ensure you get all the surfaces, tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.

Move it up and down in slow circular motions to reach all surfaces. Follow this with tooth-wide or back and forth strokes to make sure no tooth is left untouched. This will help fully remove the debris from even the most hard-to-reach spots.

Make sure you’re not pressing too hard or you’ll damage the gingival margin, causing your gums to recede.  

You’re Brushing Right after Meals

If you’re in the habit of grabbing your toothbrush shortly after meals, you’re risking your dental health. As tempting as it is to get rid of the stinky breath after eating a garlic-rich meal, you should hold off on brushing your teeth for a while.

Brushing isn’t recommended immediately after eating food. You should ideally wait at least 30 minutes before you head to the bathroom and pick up your toothbrush. Brushing after an acidic meal can result in you scraping off the enamel coating from your teeth, so it’s best to wait a while. 

Don’t worry; you can still get rid of the debris afterward. Meanwhile, wash down the bad breath with some water or use a breath mint.

You’re Not Cleaning Your Tongue

Do you brush your tongue after brushing your teeth? Cleaning your tongue is just as important as cleaning those pearly whites, and if you’re not doing it, you’re making a huge mistake.

Cleaning the tongue gently with a toothbrush helps remove the residual bacteria that accumulate there. The soft bristles of the toothbrush help scrape the surface of your tongue, getting rid of the bacteria. This prevents bad breath and also promotes better oral hygiene.

Toothbrush with hard bristles

You’re Using a Hard Bristle Toothbrush 

When it comes to brushing your teeth, soft bristles are the way to go! You need to be especially careful while rubbing a toothbrush against your teeth and gums. Coarse or stiff bristles can hurt your gums and may even harm the enamel coating on your teeth. This is especially likely to happen when you’re brushing with some force.

To protect your teeth and gums, always opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles. Not only will it help dislodge food particles stuck in between your teeth, but it will also make the brushing experience a lot more comfortable.

Our Naked Bamboo Toothbrush is the perfect tool to clean your teeth with. We use ethically sourced Moso Bamboo to make an easy-grip bamboo handle. The (BPA free) bristles are made using synthetic nylon-6, giving them additional softness. 

We also offer an alternative to toothpaste that is free from animal derived ingredients. Have you tried cruelty-free toothpaste tablets? Our toothy tabs are available with fluoride as well as without fluoride.

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