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2023 Author: Gabrielle Mercer | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 12:25
The first smile counts: So that you can keep grinning at the other person with sparkling white teeth, we reveal the five biggest mistakes when brushing your teeth. According to the dentist, there is more to it than the decision to use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush …
OK. We’re a little embarrassed about that, but apparently we all brush our teeth the wrong way. Twice daily. Our whole life. Uff. We used to think that brushing your teeth didn't even need an explanation. Wrong thought …
The 5 biggest mistakes when brushing your teeth
1. Too short cleaning
Most people don't know how to properly brush their teeth. In addition to the wrong technique, they often fail because of the duration. Research has shown that some of them are in a hurry: instead of the recommended 3 minutes, they scrub their chewing tools for just 48 seconds - and sometimes even less than twice a day.
2. The bristles are too hard
Many people are only convinced that they can brush their teeth effectively if they use a toothbrush with hard bristles. However, this is a fallacy, because a brush that is too hard can damage teeth and gums in the long term by removing the tooth enamel and injuring the gums. Toothache, here we come …
3. Forget your tongue
Even the most intensive brushing of teeth is of little use if you do not also clean your tongue. With countless niches, it offers ideal living conditions for numerous bacteria, including are also responsible for bad breath.
4. No floss
Dental floss is an essential tool in oral hygiene. It removes leftover food from the spaces between the teeth that toothbrushes cannot reach or can only with difficulty. Mouth showers, mouth rinses, dental care chewing gum or interdental brushes are also useful additions. By now, however, everyone should have heard: daily flossing is simply a must.
Tip: So that you really don't forget, we recommend simply placing the floss by the couch. It's easier to floss while watching TV and you shouldn't brush your teeth until afterwards anyway. Not the other way around.
5. Brush your teeth immediately after eating
After every meal you should wait about 20 to 30 minutes before using a toothbrush, because brushing your teeth immediately after eating grinds off the enamel. It is better to rinse your mouth with a glass of water after eating.