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5 Common Mistakes People Make While Brushing and How to Fix Them

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
Dentistry is not expensive, neglect is! Brushing is an activity that has been embedded in our systems since time immemorial. It’s an exercise you start and end your day with, a routine that can sometimes pass by almost subconsciously, leading to bad habits and ultimately poor oral health and hygiene.Here are a few mistakes people commonly make when brushing their teeth.Not using the proper toothbrush The biggest myth of our time is to buy a medium or hard tooth brush to clean more effectively that’s what causes the maximum damage over the years by wearing off healthy natural teeth with overzealous care.Using an anti-sensitivity/whitening toothpaste permanentlyA common mistake is to use a medicated tooth paste meant to mask sensitivity over a prolonged period.Such a practice only masks the symptom does not treat the problem and also leaves you vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and bad breath since the predominant component in such a tooth paste is for treating sensitivity or lightening tooth color.The type of toothpaste that you use doesn’t matter very significantly as long as you use the right amount and twice a day.Sensitive toothpastes are meant to be used for a prescribed period of time and whitening toothpastes must be used under supervision to prevent any potential damage to your teeth.Toothpaste must protect your teeth and gums both so a combination of paste that contains fluoride that protects your teeth from decay -and the gel based part has the antibacterial properties to prevent gum disease and bad breath.Brushing too quickly or too many timesMost of us hate going to the dentist and find brushing an easier alternative but you cant exactly brush off old cavities just prevent new ones.See to it that you do not brush your teeth more than twice in a day. Excessive brushing can damage your gums and enamel. It will not take a lot of pressure to remove the plaque; hence most dental practitioners suggest brushing using a very balanced pressure.Studies show that brushing two times a day and about 2-3 minutes every time is perfect to maintain good oral hygiene. Most people make the mistake of falling short of this duration every time they brush. You can ideally divide the mouth in four sections and approximately spend around 30-40 seconds on each section.Incorrect brushing techniqueThe strokes while brushing your teeth must be vertical and not horizontal. Many people are habituated with performing long horizontal brushing strokes; this leads to irritation and damage.Learn the right techniqueHold your brush at an angle of 45 degrees to your gums and brush your gums and teeth with an up and down motion and short strokes. Don’t use side to side strokes. Also, start brushing on areas that you have been ignoring till now, reach the difficult to reach inner portion of your teeth. Implement it as a daily ritual and you will attain perfection in it.Wrestling or brushingHard brushing damages the gums and is not good for you. Excessive brushing i.e. brushing more than 3-4 times is also bad for you. You must always observe a balance in brushing which keeps your dental health healthy.FIX  Since unlearning a bad brushing habit maybe harder the easier solution is to switch from a manual to an automatic brush. Going automatic by using a battery operated brush is recommended since it takes the guesswork out of brushing.It may take a while to get adjusted to but like so many other things which are designed to make life easier automatic brushes make dental hygiene very easy and can even reduce the frequency of your dental visits.SUPPLEMENT YOUR BRUSHING                                                      Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete dental care routine.Mouth wash twice a dayYou should always rinse your mouth and keep it cleaned; otherwise, the germs from the teeth will stay on.              Clean between teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.Got some questions? Ask us & comment below; we will answer as soon as possible.

Selfies While Brushing Teeth Can Improve Oral Health

Dr. Pankaj Rao, Dentist
Recording smartphone video selfies of brushing teeth may help people learn techniques on how to improve their oral health, a new study suggests.While most people have the ability, motivation and desire to brush their teeth properly, they often do not because of improper techniques. Opportunities to improve such skills can also be few, researchers said.Using smart phones propped on stands, study participants filmed their brushing using their own toothbrush at home. Researchers saw an increase in the accuracy of brush strokes, an increase in number of strokes and an overall 8 percent improvement in tooth-brushing skill—but the length of time a person brushed did not change.Our study suggests that, in the future, recording these selfies can help shift some of this time investment in improving brushing to technology,” added Vernon. “Patients can then receive feedback from dental professionals.”Recording themselves as they brush makes people more conscious of their technique and can help get rid of ingrained habits that may be harmful for dental hygiene.Vernon explained that medical fields are already using the selfie concept to monitor and assess a number of conditions under a method called mobile health or “mHealth.” However, this report is the first to use the technology to study tooth-brushing behavior, according to the authors. They also hope to see a video-based monitoring app that can help oral health professionals review people’s dental hygiene.“The cost of an app could be minor, while potentially there could be major long-term benefits to a user’s oral health and quality of life,” Vernon said.Oral diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease can be prevented by proper brushing. However, there exists no standard brushing technique that is recommended universally by oral health experts or dental organizations, Vernon explained.Before the study, participants' brushing habits were assessed and corrected until each were able to demonstrate proper technique. During the study, they were scored on time spent brushing and skill mastery, including brushing in a circular motion, obtaining a 45-degree angle while brushing facial surfaces of teeth and correct positioning of the arm.Tooth-brushing helps avert preventable oral diseases, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, although its effectiveness depends on brushing technique; currently, there is no standard brushing technique consistently recommended by dental organizations or even by oral health experts, Vernon said.

Choosing Electric Tooth Brush

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
Electric toothbrush provides a different kind of experience compared to brushing with a regular toothbrush or manual toothbrush. With a powered toothbrush, all you need to do is place the toothbrush at a 45° angle and let the toothbrush do all the work. An electric toothbrush is ideal for people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and any other painful or movement-restricting conditions. Since the electric toothbrush’s rotating head does all the work, the user is exempt from constantly applying effort with their wrists and hands; making dental care a much easier task.Choosing the appropriate electric toothbrush for you is easy for you if you have knowledge about the different types available in the market. The three major types of electric toothbrushes you can choose from are:Vibrating: This is used just like the manual toothbrushRotating-oscillating: This toothbrush is so easy to use. Since it is already rotating, you just have to move it from tooth to tooth. The effort on brushing is less compared to the vibrating typeSide to side: These move side to side at a very high speed that it makes them vibrate against your teeth.Complete action: These are electronic toothbrushes that have dual heads. The first head rotates while the other moves from side to side.Do you want to change your toothbrush from manual to electric? Here are the things you have to look for:Free case protector that comes along with it. It ensures that your toothbrush will be safeguarded against having dents and cracks during travelling.Small head: This will enable you to reach the back molar teeth easily, which are prone to have tartar deposition, as well as force you to brush one tooth at a time.Long lasting battery life. You want your toothbrush to work for a longer time. Frequent charging of batteries can be a hassle for some individuals in this fast pace life.Comfortable movements: It does not matter which type of electric toothbrush to pick. Be sure that you are comfortable with whatever action of toothbrush you want to pick. Ask your dentist which one they recommend and why.Electric toothbrushes are home care instrument for disease control and help make your oral hygiene routine more effective. Few studies have proven electric toothbrushes remove significantly more plaque compared to manual toothbrushes and are better at combating gum disease. Despite the studies, your dental health will remain healthy (despite which type of toothbrush you use) as long as you consistently take care of your teeth.

Right Way to Brush and Floss

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
This article is about how to best brush and floss your teeth. According to current guidelines you need to brush your teeth twice per day once in the morning and once in night and floss once every day. It is also important to have correct brushing and flossing techniques otherwise neither is effective.When flossing you should pass the floss through the contact points of the teeth. Before removing the floss it needs to be guided down the sides of each tooth pass the gums. After guiding the floss through the contact points of the teeth make fold into the floss in the direction of one or the adjacent teeth. This will cause the floss to take the shape of that tooth. The floss then should be guided along the surface of the tooth pass the gums and towards the tooth. It should only be taken a few millimetres below the gums or until the floss stop going further. Pushing too hard can be damaging. This process should be repeated for the other tooth in the same contact area. Every tooth in contact with another must be flossed.Currently available is a product known as interdental brush. These small brushes are able to clean area between the teeth that are still in contact but with gums receded leaving significant gap. Your dentist can advise you on whether interdental brush is recommended for your teeth.It is also important to have a good tooth brushing technique. Tooth brushing should take roughly two minutes each time. Brushing is done best by holding the brush with the bristles at a 45 degree angle into the gums where the gums meet the teeth. Then the toothbrush should be moved in small circular motions or in vibratory motions. Attention has to be paid to each tooth and to all sides of the tooth including the side facing the lips, side facing the tongue and the side at the back of the last tooth on each side. It should be done systematically so that no teeth are missed. Surface of the tongue, lips and cheeks in the oral cavity should also be cleaned after brushing the teeth.Mouth washes can also be used which is optional to keep away bad breath and to stop plaque build up. But it should be used after tooth brushing only. Mouth rinse with a mouthwash after meals is ineffective.Don’t forget, a good oral hygiene regime should be coupled with regular visits to the dentist to ensure compete dental care.

The Right Brushing Technique

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
What is your brushing style? Is it the best? According to dentists, here are a few pointers that will keep that mouth feeling fresh and those gorgeous teeth sparkling.The Right BrushFind a brush that fits comfortably in your mouth. It shouldn’t be too small or too big. Check the bristles on a brush when buying them. Opt for the soft ones as hard bristles will hurt your gums and make them bleed.Time ItHow many times a day do you brush? If you are brushing any less than three times a day for two minutes each, you are falling short of the ideal brushing time. Mentally split your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds on each.Go EasyBe careful not to get carried away with brushing. Brushing more than three times a day or brushing hard can cause tooth enamel to wear down and damage gums. Treat your mouth with care.Yummy ToothpasteIt is important to pick the right toothpaste. Toothpastes that have extra whitening, tarter control or particles in them tend to be pretty harsh on the teeth and sand away the tooth structure. It is best to stick with the good old fluoride toothpastes as these do the job well.Be AwareOur daily routines tend to have us on autopilot. How often do we think about the way we brush? Be conscious of what you are doing and try to start brushing at a different place in your mouth every day so as to give all sections of your mouth a good clean.All About TechniqueNobody wants little bits of plaque growing inside their mouth. Best brushing technique is at a forty five degree angle to the teeth. Move up and down using short strokes. Brush outside and inside the teeth. Dare to go into all the hard to reach areas of your mouth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue.Know Your DrinksMany beverages, sodas, energy drinks, coffee, and even apple juice have acids that can wear down the enamel of the tooth. Allow your saliva thirty minutes to rebuild tooth enamel before brushing after consuming any acidic foods.So, think you have been brushing right all this time? Is it time to adapt? Try a few of these tips, look into the mirror and check out that smile!by DR RAGINI PARMAR

Brush Up Your 'Toothbrushing Skills'

Sonal Herekar, Dentist
Why is proper brushing so important? Because maintaining good oral hygiene at home is the number one way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease - the deadly duo of dental distress. Tooth decay is the world’s most common chronic disease, while Periodontitis (gum disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Of course it’s important to come in to the dental office for regular exams and professional cleaning, but it’s also essential to practice good oral health habits at home—including brushing, flossing, and making healthier lifestyle choices. Working together, you and our team of Dentists can help keep your smile looking healthy and bright—throughout your whole life.Choose the Right Brush.Think about the size of your mouth. If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, the brush is probably too big. It should feel good in your mouth and in your hand, so you’ll use it often.Know your bristles, too. If they're really stiff, they can hurt your gums. A soft-bristled toothbrush with a head that’s small enough to fit comfortably in your mouth, yet is able to reach all areas that need cleaning, is best suited. You should also use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste; it doesn’t matter what brand or flavor you choose.Electric or manual toothbrush? It's an individual preference. In the end, it's not about the toothbrush, it's about how YOU brush!If your brush is more than three months old, or if the bristles are beginning to stiffen or fray, it’s time to replace it.Get a nice GripGently but firmly, grasp the toothbrush in your fingers and not your fist. Hold it against your teeth, at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Now, start making short up-and-down strokes over the surfaces of your teeth or use an Oval/Circular pattern if you prefer. Clean just a few teeth at a time; when you’re finished with one area, move on to the next, until it’s all done—and while you’re at it, brush your tongue too!Take Your TimeHow long did it take you to clean your whole mouth? If it was less than two minutes, you probably didn’t spend enough time brushing. Are you brushing enough? Twice a day is recommended, but three times a day is best. Brushing more than three times a day might not be ideal. That's because too much, can wear down your teeth's outer shell, called enamel, and damage your gums. Always use a light pressure & avoid bearing down too hard. It doesn’t take a lot of force to remove plaque.Cover All the BasesDid your brush get to all areas of your teeth—the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces, and the spaces in between? If so, your teeth should feel smooth and slick when your tongue runs over them.Control Your Sour ToothEnergy drinks, diet sodas and sour candies: even healthy things like apple juice, orange juice, and coffee -- have acid that can soften tooth enamel.If you do go for that stuff, wait half an hour before you brush. That gives your saliva time to restore tooth enamel.The mechanical action of brushing softened teeth is the perfect recipe for wearing away enamel.As always keep smiling! :)