Brushing the teeth is usually a battle for most people. It’s easy to forget to do it on a daily basis. When it comes time for a dentist appointment, the sudden reminder to brush returns.
Even people who brush twice a day have issues doing it right. There are several mistakes you can avoid to get the most out of your brushing. Avoid these mistakes to make your next dentist visit a happy one.
Missing a Brushing
What’s the harm if you miss a single brushing every now and then? It’s not like your teeth will fall out. While it won’t be that extreme, missing one brushing can set you back.
The twice daily recommendation is meant to get the most bacteria off of your teeth. Our daily meals contribute a lot of this bacteria. If you happen to miss a brushing, that bacteria builds up.
If you miss the occasional brushing, it won’t be a major issue. If it happens more than once a week or so, you need to catch yourself.
Use the Right Toothbrush
Finding the right toothbrush can be a difficult task. A person’s mouth is just like any other part of the body, it’s unique. Toothbrushes are rarely made specifically for the size of your teeth and mouth.
Many people make the mistake of going with any old toothbrush. This usually means the brush won’t do the best job for their mouth. Instead, you have to take your time and research when finding the right brush.
Consult your dentist for tips on how to find the right one.
Brush Before Eating
You were probably taught to brush right after a meal. It makes sense. Isn’t that when all the gunk and bacteria are on the teeth? This is true, but that isn’t the whole story.
Your teeth are most sensitive after eating. Acidic foods, in particular, soften the teeth and make them more at risk of damage. Brushing immediately after a meal can scrape away the enamel without you knowing it.
You should either brush before a meal or wait until at least thirty minutes after. This will let you brush the teeth when they aren’t softened.
Replace Your Brush
A toothbrush isn’t something to hold onto like a keepsake. You may replace it after each dentist appointment, but this isn’t frequent enough. Brush heads wear down over time and become dirty. After a while, they are useless.
A good rule of thumb is to replace the brush every three months. You can buy multiple brushes of the same type at once so you have a constant supply on hand. If you change brands or type, make sure the new brush will work for your mouth.
Getting Ready For That Dentist Appointment
Try to avoid these brushing mistakes to have a good time at this dentist office. A dentist appointment is meant to keep your teeth healthy for years to come.
For more tips and information on keeping your teeth healthy, feel free to get in touch.