Today, I’m going to be pointing out 11 mistakes that you are probably making when you’re brushing your teeth. Yes, I know many of you guys have been brushing your teeth for 30 years, 50 years in some cases, and maybe more.
I don’t think I’m making any mistakes. I bet there’s not a single person watching this who has not made one of these 11 mistakes. And I bet most of you guys are consistently making many of these mistakes. So stick around. Some of these you’ve heard before. Other ones I don’t think you’ve heard. And you’re going to find this pretty true.
I went off and spoke to my dentist. I did the research, and I found some very interesting things. So bring this in. Let’s dove right into what are the 11 mistakes that most people, the vast majority of the world are making when it comes to taking care of their teeth.
NO.1 is that they are using their toothbrush way too long. The life of a toothbrush Consistent use twice a day, seven days a week. 30, some 30 or 31 days a month is three months. So after about 200 uses, you need to start looking for a new toothbrush brush. Because of the toothbrush that’s been used too much. You can kind of look at it. Bristles are going to start to go all over the place.
This affects other items we’re going to get into. But it does not allow you to brush your teeth properly. So you need to look to get rid of this toothbrush every three months. OK, So point No.2, you’re not brushing your teeth long enough. 2 minutes is what we’re supposed to use.
Why gives time for the fluoride to start to, you know, react to the teeth to go in there? And it is the recommended amount. So 2 minutes. I think most of us are brushing our teeth in less than a minute. We just get into a routine we were going through thinking, OK, I hit everything. I’m done. 2 minutes is what you want to shoot for.
And that’s one of the right reasons I recommend some of these electronic toothbrushes and there are other reasons as well. But the timer in itself is worth it.
Mistake No.3 is that you’re rinsing with water.
After you brush it even for 2 minutes, you spit it out there and then you throw water. And I know I do this all the time, and guess what? You’re taking half of that most of that fluoride right out of your mouth. You’re spitting out. You want to leave that in there. Now, a way around this and still be able to rinse out your mouth is to actually use mouthwash that has fluoride in it.
And then you can quickly rinse, gargle, and spit that out. And the fluoride actually still going to stick to your teeth. But most don’t want to use water after you brush your teeth. Just spit it out and get used to that. I know for me it’s been very hard. So I actually use a rinse.
No.4 four is you’re storing your toothbrush in the bathroom.
This one, I think almost all of us are doing and we do it because of convenience. The problem. And just read a study and they talk about more than half of the toothbrushes that they, you know, tested had a few feces on them. Yes, guys, there is actually crap on your toothbrush in more than half. More than half of you guys have this there.
And that’s because you’re storing it in your bathroom. I don’t know how it’s getting there. All I know is that this stuff is for real. It blew me away when I saw this data. In addition, when you’re storing it in the bathroom, guess what? Higher it’s more human in there. A higher percentage. It’s going to get wet. It’s not going to take the time to dry out, even if you put it in a cover.
So put it next to your nightstand, and take it out of the bathroom. This may be that’s a huge habit change for some of us.
And it may just be better to actually get something that has a cleaning system with it.
No.5, you’ve heard this before. You floss. How do you start to floss? I know the hardest part is actually creating a habit to start flossing. The best tip I’ve heard is actually just to floss one tooth. Why? Because when you start to floss one tooth, you actually floss the rest of your teeth.
You’re like, Hey, I’ve already started. And that’s the hard part, is getting started. I floss at the end of the day, don’t always do it. But when I do it, I try to reward myself, you know, just it’s a good feeling.
I find they’re better for me than actually taking out some and wrapping them around my fingers. By having that individual floss system, it’s going to be a little bit more expensive. But having that small little floss pick, all of a sudden I’m able to get the job done. I feel good about it.
Mistake No.6 is you’re not cleaning your tongue. Invest in the tongue cleaner. You don’t want to do that. Get a toothbrush. They’re on the opposite side. It’s actually got a little bit of a tongue scraper. Not as good, but it will get the job done. Worst case, use your toothbrush and actually brush off the tongue after you’ve been brushing your teeth for 2 minutes.
And it’s important to do. Every time you brush your teeth. Mistake No.7 is you are using too hard a toothbrush. Why is this an issue? Because don’t even use the medium. Go with soft or extra soft. It doesn’t really make a difference. You’re not looking to get in there. And I mean, you’re just looking to get rid of some of that meat or some of the other food that’s gotten stuck in and around your teeth.
And so what the problem is, is a lot of you guys are using medium or harder brushes. You actually going to damage your gums.
And that takes us to point No.8.
How to brush your teeth. And that’s actually to go in circles.
Don’t go back and forth. And that takes us to mistake No.9. You also want to go at a 45-degree angle. And that’s one of the reasons that you see a lot of brushes. They’ve got the bristles. They go at an angle because most of us, go straight on and we go back and forth. So if you’ve got a toothbrush and this is it, my simple toothbrush, see, go straight.
Do you want to go at a 45-degree angle? Makes sense.
OK, so let’s go into mistake No.10 and that’s men and women do not change up their routines. They get used to going in the same order. The problem with that is we get lazy, we get sloppy. You need to change up your routine and that’s something you have to consciously think about.
We don’t like to consciously think about things. And that’s the advantage of, you know, an electric toothbrush is you can just guide it and it usually does a better job of actually reaching it because it requires less effort. The problem is, is it can train you not to brush your teeth. Well, if you’re having to use a manual toothbrush.
And the final point is no need to brush your teeth more than two times a day. A lot of people out there are thinking, OK, if I brush three times a day, four times a day, I could talk to my dentist. She brushed, I think more than three times a day. She said I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m you know, it’s just I’m almost kind of crazy about it.
But she uses an extra soft bristle butt brushing more than two times a day can lead to damage. And that’s not something that you want to do to your teeth. A bonus mistake a lot of people do is they don’t wait 30 minutes after they’ve eaten to brush their teeth in this bonus one why is it a mistake? Because actually, the levels have dropped.
Your mouth is more acidic 30 after you’ve eaten. And so you need time to be able to get rid of that saliva which has a lot of acids. Otherwise, you can damage the teeth a bit when if you brush too soon after you eat. So that’s it, guys. Let me know in the comments what you think. I think that almost all of you guys have made at least one of those mistakes.