Are you damaging your teeth while brushing?
Are you actually damaging your teeth instead of cleaning them? Incorrect brushing techniques can actually harm your teeth. The toothbrush is a tool to keep your teeth healthy and clean but if used without understanding the technique and method of cleaning, you may actually cause problems like gum recession, enamel erosion or abrasion which eventually may cause severe issues like cavities and also tooth loss.
The following are the common mistakes that people make while brushing their teeth.
- Vigorous brushing:
Cleaning your teeth is different from cleaning utensils or cleaning the floor. Vigorous brushing is extremely damaging to your teeth. Many people brush their teeth like they scrub the floor or use scotchbrite on their utensils. This is the worst way of brushing. You almost guarantee toothbrush abrasion and gum erosion by doing this.
- Toothbrush with Hard Bristles:
Most people think that using a hard toothbrush will ensure better cleaning. This is completely false. Infact, a hard tooth brush is more damaging than favourable. A hard tooth brush is extremely aggressive on the enamel and slowly erodes the enamel exposing the dentin layer of the tooth which eventually forms a cavity. So, please throw that hard tooth brush today and buy a new tooth brush with soft bristles.
- Using too much toothpaste:
Most advertisements show a large portion of toothbrush being dispensed on the toothbrush before brushing and most people think that as the prescribed or required dosage for brushing everyday. This is completely wrong and only a marketing gimic to influence increase usage of toothpaste which only benefits the toothpaste manufacturer. You only need a pea sized serving of the toothpaste on your toothbrush for effective brushing.
- Using toothbrushes till they completely wear out:
Your toothbrush has a life of maximum 90 days. You should not wait till your toothbrush really welt and become like a flat floor brush. dispose your old toothbrush and get a new one as soon as you feel the bristles have become permanently curved and are not reaching the gaps in your teeth.
Dr. Preethi Nagarajan graduated in 2009, obtaining her BDS degree from the faculty of dentistry at the Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune. She then completed her MBA in Health Care and Hospital Management from Tamil Nadu University in 2013. She also successfully acquired a Diploma in Laser and Implant Dentistry in the same year from IALD. She also holds numerous certificates in other specialities. This paved the way for her to become a specialist in Painless Laser Treatment , endodontics, Oral surgery, prosthodontics, periodontology, FMR and Smile Designing.
Post her recent graduation from the Imperial College, London with a Master’s in Public Health in 2017 has provided her the opportunity to publish numerous articles in various international journals. She also spearheaded research projects in the UK and consequently in India. She has worked in various fields of research in Public Health and Dr. Preethi currently works as Dental Director at Sabka Dentist and has worked with the organization for over 8 years.