Health Tips: Do you also do these 5 mistakes everyday after waking up in the morning? If you do not improve from today, then you will be in trouble.

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Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes: Dental hygiene is considered one of the most important parts of your routine. Not paying attention to your teeth and gums can lead to dental as well as other health problems. Dental problems not only cause problems in the mouth, including cavities and gum diseases, but also on other parts of the body including heart disease, diabetes and even stroke. This is the reason why doctors recommend taking utmost care of your dental health.

5 Dental Mistakes And How To Fix Them 5 Dental Mistakes and How To Fix Them

1) Not brushing for a long time

Brushing is a very important part of our routine and if we are not giving it enough time, it will lead to dental problems like cavities in the long run. Dentists recommend that the ideal time is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing for 2 minutes ensures the cleanliness of your mouth.

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2) Not changing your toothbrush

Toothbrushes also come with an expiry date but very few people know this. An old toothbrush can catch a lot of bacteria and damage the teeth and mouth, the more you use an old toothbrush, the less effective it becomes over time. Dentists recommend that toothbrushes should be changed after every 3-4 months.

3) Brushing too vigorously

Brushing is such an art that if not done properly then problems related to teeth like bleeding gums etc. Applying the right amount of pressure is the key to brushing. Best brushing involves removing all the food particles and plaque from your teeth. According to dentists, holding the toothbrush with just three fingers is the best way to brush and if there is sensitivity then use a toothbrush with soft bristles.

4) Brushing teeth only and not brushing gums and tongue

Brushing is a process that requires cleaning not only of your teeth but also of your tongue and gums, as bacteria and germs are scattered everywhere in the mouth. Ignoring the cleanliness of the tongue and gums can allow germs to stay in the mouth and start the process of decay. When brushing, clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or a toothbrush only and for gums. Massage them in small, gentle circles with your toothbrush.

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5) Brushing at the wrong time

There is a belief that brushing right after eating or drinking can remove all the bacteria from the mouth but this is completely wrong. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking something acidic can damage the enamel of your teeth, as brushing can cause the acid to build up in the enamel of your teeth. Wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing or rinsing your mouth with water as advised by the doctor.

Disclaimer: This material, including advice, provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult an expert or your doctor for more details. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.


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