Nine common mistakes in dental care

We all used to clean teeth, but not all do it correctly. Meanwhile, errors in tooth brushing technique can lead to diseases of the mouth and gums, says

Error number 1: choosing the Wrong brush

Television advertising promises healthy teeth, offering a new-fangled toothbrush and toothpaste. So many people think that if they buy the advertised product, their dental problems will evaporate. But it is not – and paste, and the brush should be chosen based on the parameters of your own mouth and the individual characteristics of the gums and tooth enamel. When choosing a brush, you need to consider:

– the length of the handle;

– stiffness of bristles;

– the size of the toothbrush head.

Mistake # 2: Rare or insufficiently long teeth cleaning

When cleansing your teeth takes a long time on the teeth a lot of plaque. Plaque, in turn, promotes the formation of inflammatory processes. Therefore, to clean the teeth at least two times a day, preferably three times. The cleaning procedure should last at least two minutes. Dentists often recommend conditionally to divide the mouth into 4 squares and be given to the cleaning of each at least 30 seconds.

Mistake # 3: Frequent brushing

Optimally brush your teeth three times a day. However, some people, armed with a toothbrush against the smell, brush my teeth, too often and with fanaticism. Excessive zeal in this matter may lead to gum irritation and depletion of tooth enamel.

Mistake # 4: Neglecting to floss my teeth

Caries usually attacks contact (between the teeth) surfaces of the teeth. Because while eating it, there is accumulating food residues that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Neglecting the cleaning of this zone leads to the formation of caries. Therefore, it is often on reception at the dentist is necessary to seal two teeth. And this could have been avoided with a simple tool for cleansing the teeth – dental floss.

Mistake # 5: Incorrect technique of teeth brushing

Very often people brush their teeth with horizontal motions, not really concentrating on what attention should be given to different areas of the mouth. This is wrong. Proper teeth cleaning involves the following steps:

– Start cleaning from the outer surfaces of posterior teeth, holding the brush at a 45 degree angle. The outer surface of all teeth you need to brush vertical strokes from the gums to the chewing or cutting edge;

– Clean the chewing surfaces of molars, horizontal and circular motions;

– Clean the interdental spaces with dental floss or plastic toothpick;

– Rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day.

Mistake # 6: Not to thoroughly wash your toothbrush

When cleaning dental plaque, some of it remains on the toothbrush bristles, after cleaning, if it is not carefully to wash. Bacteria begin to multiply, and when you brush your teeth next time, they’ll just get in my mouth. Therefore, after use, thoroughly wash and dry the toothbrush.

Mistake # 7: Electric toothbrush better than regular

Electric toothbrushes are different. Today in pharmacies offer four types of brushes:

– rotating;

– vibrating;

– rotating and vibrating simultaneously;

– brush with rotating beams in different sides of the villi.

Only the last type of brush is superior in the efficiency of normal toothbrushes do remove more plaque.

Mistake # 8: you usually change your toothbrush

A toothbrush should be changed every 3-4 months, possibly more often. Gradually, the bristles lose their flexibility and become deformed. This toothbrush to brush your teeth is impossible. There are toothbrushes that change color of the bristles, thereby alerting the owner that it is time to go for a new one. If you do not have such “smart” brushes, carefully check the condition of his usual assistant, and send her to rest in time.

Mistake # 9: Use chewing gum instead of brushing teeth

In fact, chewing gum is not so bad from cleaning your teeth after eating. But we must remember that it is not able to compete with the task of cleaning as a toothbrush. The fact that in the chewing process clears only the chewing surface of the teeth, and the rest remain without proper attention.


If you have a home WC, and toothbrushes do you store cups, buy cases for them and use a disinfectant solution before cleaning the teeth. The fact that as a result of the flushing water in the toilet bowl, the release of bacteria and covers the area with a radius of 1.5-2 meters, and a very high risk that they will settle on toothbrushes.