5 Things you do wrong when brushing your teeth

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5 Things you do wrong when brushing your teeth

1. You’re using the wrong toothbrush
If you are looking for a new toothbrush, it is better to choose a soft or “medium” model. Bristles that are too hard can damage tooth enamel and put unnecessary strain on gums. In the worst case, the gums even recede and expose the roots of the teeth. A soft brush is sufficient. After all, we want to brush our teeth and not polish them.

2. You don’t brush long enough
In the evening, ideally only clean when you are sure you are not eating any more. Less protective saliva is produced overnight, so tooth decay has a better chance of attacking the teeth. So make sure to clean every morning, not just because of the bad breath. Most people only brush their teeth for about 45 seconds. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes twice a day. Electric toothbrushes usually signal themselves when two minutes have been reached. Otherwise you can of course just set a timer.

3. You rinse out the wrong way
Opinions are divided on rinsing after brushing your teeth. The fluoride in toothpaste should stay on your teeth, but the bacteria you’ve brushed off shouldn’t stay in your mouth. Ideally, the mouth should be rinsed with a fluoride mouthwash. If that’s not an option for you, consider which risk you’d rather take.

4. You don’t change your toothbrush often enough
Everyone knows it, but not everyone does it. We cannot emphasize this enough: It is essential that you change your toothbrush every two to three months at the latest. The average toothbrush contains more than 10 million bacteria. In addition, worn bristles no longer clean properly. If you have been ill, it is best to change the brush immediately, otherwise you can get infected again from your toothbrush. And if that’s not enough reason to change your brush regularly, traces of feces being swirled through the air when flushed have been found on toothbrushes kept in bathrooms with toilets.

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5. You brush too hard
When it comes to cleaning, the opposite of good is often meant well. Brushing too hard can damage the enamel and permanently injure the gums (see also tip 1). The consequences are diseases of the periodontium and exposed (very painful!) tooth necks.

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