Dental hygienists often emphasize the importance of sticking to certain guidelines to avoid diseases in the teeth and oral cavity.

Despite these efforts, dentists receive millions of visits every year from people who complain about tooth caries, gingivitis (i.e., inflammation of the gum), and other oral cavity pathologies. The common thing between these people is that they brush their teeth regularly, so where is the problem?

While each individual has different underlying causes that led to his/her dental problems, we can often see a common pattern, as these people make mistakes when they brush their teeth.

In this article, we will cover the top 5 teeth cleaning mistakes that you should be aware of.

Top 5 teeth cleaning mistakes

1.     You are using the wrong type of toothbrush

The debate about the superiority of manual versus electric toothbrush is still ongoing.

In general, the primary role of a toothbrush is to give you access to the entire oral cavity in order to clean the front and the back of the mouth. Unfortunately, manual toothbrushes are especially bad at reaching the rear-end of the oral cavity, which may precipitate caries in the wisdom teeth.

Conversely, electric toothbrushes are quite efficient at covering every aspect of your mouth.

Another advantage of using electric toothbrushes is the added features of sensors that notify you when you’re pressing too hard on your teeth and gums. This allows you to prevent injury and bleeding.

More importantly than choosing between a manual or electric toothbrush is to focus on the bristles. The correct texture should be soft or medium; hard is not the choice you should be going for.

Finally, make sure to choose a small/medium size toothbrush as they give you better access to all parts of the oral cavity.

2.     Using an old toothbrush

As mentioned above, the quality of the bristles is very important to determine the effectiveness of the toothbrush.

Over time, the bristles become too stiff, which makes the toothbrush less resilient and risks gum damage and bleeding.

Experts usually recommend changing manual toothbrushes every 3 months. To avoid forgetting about this important timeframe, you should aim to change your toothbrush at the start of every new season. For instance, when winter comes in December, that’s the time you should get a new manual toothbrush.

Note that this timeline slightly changes if you are ill since the bacteria grow exponentially on the toothbrush and increase the risk of secondary infections.

3.     Choosing the wrong toothpaste

Researchers repeatedly proved that there is no one best toothpaste with superior effects. However, the ingredients in different tubes of toothpaste are not identical. Each product gets designed to target a certain group of the population, depending on various factors.

For instance, some people have thin enamels that predispose them to abrasions and decay if not supplied with the right compounds (e.g., calcium, fluoride). Other products may contain whitening substances that remove the deposits from the teeth and improve the coloration of your teeth.

Therefore, you should consult your dental hygienist to find out which product will provide you with the most benefits.

Note that only these certified professionals are the only ones equipped with the knowledge to help you with your decision; no ad is 100% truthful.

4.     Flossing your teeth in the wrong way

Flossing is an important step in dental hygiene since it allows you to remove all the food, plaques, and biofilm stuck between your teeth and gum.

You see, solely counting on your toothbrush will not remove the deposits between your teeth. These substances accumulate and damage them over time.

With the being said, even if you are flossing your teeth on a regular basis, you might be doing it wrong, and here’s why:

When flossing, people usually focus on the anterior (i.e., front) side of their teeth, as it’s the one they can reach.

However, flossing the teeth in the back is as important, if not more important. The reason is that the posterior (i.e., back) teeth are more susceptible to damage and lysis (i.e., breakdown).

5.     Rinsing after brushing

Rinsing your mouth shortly after brushing will remove the beneficial effects of the toothpaste. As a result, you’ll be more likely to develop serious oral pathologies, including enamel decay and inflammation of the gums.

The best solution to this problem is to spit instead of rinsing. This will only allow for a tiny amount of protective compounds to leave the mouth.

Takeaway message

Identifying the common teeth cleaning mistakes allows you to be more careful in the future about your oral and dental hygiene.

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DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation.  Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.