To answer your question: Yes there are specific ways to brush your teeth, and yes alot of people make common mistakes while brushing their teeth. Here’s a list of 10 different mistakes people make while brushing their teeth and how to avoid them at all costs!

Wrong toothbrush

There are two types of toothbrushes out there that you can use: Manual and electric toothbrushes. What’s important are the bristles/brushes on these toothbrushes, and how well they clean out any grime or residue on your teeth. We can help with that! Take a look at BASMA’s ProCare toothbrush.

Wait before you brush

Consider this a rule, avoid brushing your teeth 30 minutes prior to or after eating. The reason being: Food particles especially acidic foods may rub on to your teeth causing more damage than good. This leads to erosion and enamel damage, but click here for some tips on how to manage.

Keeping your toothbrush for too long

Broken and/or damaged bristles won’t do you any service! The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. When shopping for a toothbrush, make sure to look for an ADA seal of approval.

Not brushing long enough

2 full minutes, and not any less! That’s how long you should be brushing your teeth, this ensures that you’ve reached all areas in your mouth and have at least brushed into areas that are hard to reach.

Not brushing at an angle

Most dentists recommend that you brush at a 45 degree angle against your gum-line so as to rid your teeth of any remaining bacteria or residue from food.

Brushing too hard

Your gums are sensitive! Brushing too hard make cause hypersensitivity or bleeding gums. Neither of which are healthy.

You brush in one place for too long

Use circular motions, and start from your gum line while moving towards the tips of your crowns. Think of it as a massage and not a scrub!

Avoid using the wrong toothpaste

It’s important that you use an FDA and an ADA approved toothpaste! This ensures that you’re using proper care for your teeth.

Storing your toothbrush

Keeping your toothbrush out in the open with no proper casing allows bacteria to form on its bristles. At times, this might be the cause of bad breath, or even worse sickness! Always remember to keep your toothbrush stored in its respective case to keep it clean.

Ignoring floss

Now listen, many of us despise this part but it’s crucial if you want to keep your teeth healthy and free of cavities.