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5 mistakes we make while brushing our teeth

Tooth brushing… something we do every day, yet, wrong habits can undermine its effectiveness and even destabilize our oral flora bacteria. Here are some of the most common mistakes we shouldn’t make while brushing our teeth.

1. Brushing the teeth too vigorously 

You think that brushing your teeth vigorously is a good idea? Nope! Indeed, you are probably damaging your tooth enamel. In addition, your teeth will be more sensitive, and your gums will get sore and bleed.

Good habits you should have: brushing the teeth meticulously, not too vigorously, and using a soft-bristled tooth brush 

2. Brushing your teeth with horizontal strokes  

You should change the way you brush your teeth. Brushing them like that will not remove effectively the dental plaque on your tooth enamel. And if the dental plaque is not removed correctly… you’ll have cavities!

Brush your teeth vertically, from the gums to the end of the teeth, for an effective tooth brushing. 

3. Brushing your teeth for less than two minutes 

It is recommended to brush your teeth at least for 2 minutes. Yet, on average, here in France for example, most people brush their teeth only for 43 to 57 seconds!

A simple way to fix it: listen to a two or three-minutes song while brushing your teeth (you won’t see the time fly, and it’s a good way to wake up in the morning!) 

4. Forgetting to clean between your teeth 

The best ways to do it? Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, mouthwashes and dental floss. Soft-bristled toothbrushes and dental floss will clean between your teeth properly.

Don’t forget that there are food residues between your teeth , and that if they are not removed correctly, the dental plaque will cause cavities, gingivitis, or bad breath.  

5. Not changing your toothbrush regularly 

It is important to change your toothbrush at least every two months. Bristles that are worn out and dull won’t clean the teeth effectively and there are lots of bacteria on it. 

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