Sumary of Dental health: Five common brushing mistakes that people make:
- Dr Diksha Tahilramani Batra, a prosthodontist, implantologist and smile design specialist, says there are certain mistakes that people do while brushing their teeth, a routine that is often a subconscious habit, but one that can lead to poor oral health and hygiene, if not done properly.
- 2. Using an anti-sensitivity/whitening toothpaste permanently A common mistake is to use a medicated toothpaste meant to mask sensitivity over a prolonged period.
- Such a practice masks the symptom, but does not treat the problem and also makes you vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and bad breath, since the predominant component in such a toothpaste is for treating sensitivity or lightening tooth colour.
- The type of toothpaste doesn’t matter, as long as you use the right amount and brush 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, so use a combination that contains fluoride that protects your teeth from decay, and gel-based parts which have antibacterial properties to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
- 3. Brushing too quickly, or too many times Most of us hate going to the dentist and find brushing an easier alternative.
- It does not take a lot of pressure to remove the plaque, hence most dental practitioners suggest brushing using a balanced pressure.