Morning Oral Hygiene Mistakes

Every morning you wake up, get ready, most likely eat breakfast, brush your teeth, and head out the door. Maybe in that order, or maybe in a different order. With that said, have you ever given any thought to your oral hygiene routine in the morning? For example, whether you brush your teeth right when you wake up or right before you walk out the door. The article below discusses common tooth brushing mistakes that are made each morning. Give it a read and then adjust your routine if needed!

Seems like a pretty straightforward task, but it turns out, teeth brushing isn’t actually as simple as you thought. According to experts, the techniques and habits you learned as a child, might be completely off the mark for healthy teeth and a fresh smile.

Brushing your teeth too hard? Use any old toothpaste? Only give thirty seconds to the cause? You need to change your teeth brushing attitude. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth.

Here are the teething brushing habits to adopt right now.

Brush your teeth before you eat

How often do you wait until after breakfast to brush your teeth? Sure, you want them to be minty fresh for when you get to your desk, but if you’re enjoying a fresh juice first thing and then brushing your teeth, chances are you’re damaging them. The same goes with fruity smoothie bowls. Eating food causes a build-up of acid in the mouth, which softens the enamel temporarily. Brush before you eat, when the enamel on your teeth is strong. 

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Floss

So teeth brushing is part of your AM but what about flossing? Only 21% of people use dental floss daily (something that should be considered just as important as brushing). According to dental hygienists flossing before you brush removes plaque and food debris, which is why it’s so necessary.

teeth brushing mistakes, smoothie bowl

Don’t rinse

If you rinse your toothbrush before layering a swipe of toothpaste on top, don’t. Dental hygienists recommend that you keep them dry initially, to help remove plaque. Stronger bristles, better cleaning.

Be gentle

You might think that the harder you brush your teeth, the cleaner they will be. In fact, vigorous teeth brushing increases the chance of causing damage. Not only can it tear your gums, it can also wear down your tooth enamel (protective layer).

Pick the right one

Not everyone needs a whitening toothpaste. According to dental hygienists, using these formulas when you don’t need them can be too harsh for your gums and considering your gums are where your teeth’s roots are, you want to keep them happy and healthy. Choose a fluoride paste to help strengthen your teeth and make sure you give a whole two minutes to teeth brushing. It’s the magic number.

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/beauty-style/skin/7389/teeth-brushing/