6 Tooth-brushing Mistakes You Make Every Morning

Of course we know you brush your teeth every day and you have heard that poor dental care has been linked to heart diseases. However, if you don’t know there are other health maladies linked to poor oral health hygiene one of which is erectile dysfunction, this is according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Despite the fact that you brush regularly, there is no doubt that you are making one of these mistakes. Here are mistakes and the fixes for each—to help keep your teeth, heart, and pen*s performing their best.

You don’t clean at the right time of day

In this part of the world, brushing your teeth before going to bed is usually ignored. However, according to experts, your toothbrush should be the last thing that your teeth touch at night. This is because, eating or snacking before you sleep significantly raises your risk for cavities if food stays lodged in between your teeth.

Also, morning brushing is very important because the protective saliva production slows down when you are asleep and this makes the bacteria in your mouth multiply faster. Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, making sure you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant (your upper left teeth, your upper right teeth, and so on).

You use the wrong brush

This is not about how hard your brush is, it is about getting the right brush that can slip under your gum tissues. Oftentimes, soft bristle toothbrushes are better off because they can help dislodge any plague stuck in there. This is because if the plagues in your teeth are not removed, you have a high risk of developing gum disease.

Brushing with a medium or hard model—and using excessive pressure—can cause your gums to recede and expose the surface of your roots, or the bottom of your teeth. Since the root surface isn’t as hard as the exposed enamel-covered part of your teeth, scrubbing this area can wear it away more easily and cause little cavities.

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You follow the wrong technique

A few straight strokes won’t get the job done. Position the handle of your brush so the bristles point at a 30- to 45-degree angle when they touch your gum tissue. Rotate your wrist in a circular motion to effectively remove the plaque.  When you move behind your front teeth, you should turn your tool vertically to better reach the entire tooth. And make sure to give special attention to the back of your mouth, since that area normally hides the largest amount of plaque.

You don’t rinse

Even as an adult, many people swallow when brushing and some spit out the toothpaste. But dentist advises that these acts don’t totally remove all the harmful things from your mouth. You can use an alcohol-free mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide and if you don’t have a mouthwash, wash thoroughly with water.

You ignore tongue

Your tongue traps harmful bacteria, too. Food or debris can easily get stuck in the crevices between the carpet-like strands, known as papillae, on the surface of your tongue. For a healthier mouth, scrap your tongue thoroughly each time you brush.

You don’t replace your brush

The national standard for brush replacement is every 3 or 4 months because an average brush contains more than 10 million bacteria. Moreover, worn out brushes and bristles won’t effectively remove plaque or bacteria. And if you’ve been sick, swap out your brush immediately. Residual bacteria and viruses from an illness can cling to the brush and potentially re-infect you.

Additional information from Men’s health

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