Everyone has heard the conventional wisdom about brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Most people are taught basic dental care practices from an early age. But did you know it's actually possible to brush your teeth too much or too harshly? Here are a few facts about your toothbrush to keep in mind if you want to make sure your teeth stay in top shape.
Brushing Too Hard Might Be Worse Than Not Brushing at All
A common mistake that children sometimes make (and it's one that adults can do too) is to really go at it with their toothbrush. You obviously don't want to be a wimp about it when brushing your teeth, but if you're not careful, you could actually do more harm than good. The point of brushing is obviously to scrape plaque off of your teeth, but if you brush too hard, you could actually end up scraping off tooth enamel as well. Extra hard brushing also comes with the risk of damaging your gum line, which could lead to bleeding. Use a firm but measured stroke when brushing your teeth for best results.
Toothbrushes Can Build Up A Disgusting Amount of Plaque
When was the last time you got a new toothbrush? If you're like a lot of people, it might have been the last time you went to the dentist's office. Some of the plaque that your toothbrush scrapes off your teeth will stay stuck to your brush, even after you rinse it. Over time, this can lead to a toothbrush that is coated in plaque. You probably won't be able to tell though, since plaque is so hard to see. A good dentist instructs his or her patients to change out their toothbrush about every 3 months.
Toothbrushes Can Get Bacterial Growth Quite Easily
In addition to plaque, there's another substance you'll want to be mindful of when it comes to your toothbrush. Toothbrushes can easily get a build up of funky bacteria if you're not careful. Don't store your toothbrush within six feet of your toilet because airborne particles from the toilet can reach the toothbrush. Yuck. Also, don't cap your toothbrush when traveling. The cap can actually cause a moisture build up which can lead to bacteria.
Hopefully you've learned a thing or two about your toothbrush that you didn't know before. You should still brush twice a day, but be sure not to brush too hard. Change out your brush every 3 months to avoid a brush covered in plaque and be careful about where you store your toothbrush to avoid a build up of bacteria. For more information, contact Broadmead Dental Centre.