Dentist reveals common mistakes you makes when brushing their teeth

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Dentist reveals common mistakes you makes when brushing their teeth

A dentist has revealed very common mistakes that could be harming your oral health.

While most adults are aware of the two-minute, twice daily rule, many will be surprised to hear that rinsing your mouth with water after brushing is actually doing more harm than good.

Andrej Bozic, an oral surgeon at Dentum, explains that gurgling water could leave your teeth vulnerable to decay and other dental problems.

“A habit I frequently encounter is individuals rinsing their mouths with water immediately after brushing,” he says. “It is not good and actually stops your toothpaste from being as effective.

“Rinsing with water will wash away the flouride, which is the most important ingredient in toothpaste and helps to reduce cavities and strengthen your enamel. If you’re instantly rinsing your mouth you’ll lose this benefit.

“People don’t seem to like the foamy layer that coats your teeth and gums, but that is what protects them.”

Dr Bozic adds that even mouthwash is a no-go after brushing – and should be used before instead.

“Similar to water, mouthwash can negate the effects of fluoride. Its usage is best reserved for other times of the day, such as after meals or snacks, or before brushing.

“To optimise the efficacy of your oral care routine, simply expel excess toothpaste after brushing.”

He adds: “For optimal results, refrain from eating or drinking for up to an hour post-brushing, allowing fluoride ample time to work its magic.”

Dr Bozic’s top tips for good oral hygiene:

Brush for two minutes, twice a day

“While it might seem obvious, brushing twice a day is very important – once in the morning and once before bed.

“Ensure you brush for two minutes at least. Most electric toothbrushes come with a timer, but if yours doesn’t, set a timer on your phone – or if the mood hits, sing a two-minute song like Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up.”

Brush teeth BEFORE breakfast

“Brushing first thing in the morning will help to jump-start your saliva production, which helps your food break down and naturally kills harmful bacteria in your mouth. It will also help with any pesky morning breath.”

Wait 30 minutes after eating

“Waiting 30 minutes to an hour after eating to brush your teeth is the best way to ensure that you’re protecting your teeth and not tampering with your enamel, particularly if you’ve eaten something acidic. Brushing immediately could risk covering your teeth with remnants of acidic food, which could weaken your enamel.”

Brush your tongue

“Bacteria accumulates between the taste buds and other tongue structures, and is almost impossible to remove with rinsing alone.

“This build-up is not only bad for mouth odour but can also lead to other oral health problems, so brushing your tongue is with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper is paramount for good oral health.”

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