We brush our teeth every day. We all want a beautiful and healthy set of teeth. But when is the best time to brush your teeth, before or after breakfast? And how many times per day should you brush? There are many misconceptions about proper oral hygiene, while taking care of your teeth and gums is extremely important. This blog discusses 5 myths about tooth brushing. That way, you will make no more mistakes in the future!
‘Brushing your teeth before going to bed is a must’
Brushing your teeth before you go to sleep doesn’t appear to make a big difference. It is far more important to brush your teeth twice within 24 hours. It is even more important to brush your teeth 30 to 45 minutes after dinner. Why do dentists recommend brushing your teeth before going to sleep? Because it is easier to remember!
‘You should brush your teeth after breakfast’
You would think it makes sense to brush your teeth after eating breakfast. You want to remove food residues and begin your day with a fresh feeling. Makes perfect sense! However, the truth is that it is better to brush your teeth before breakfast. You can damage your tooth enamel when you brush your teeth right after breakfast, especially if your breakfast is rich in sugars and acid, such as in fruit, juice and cereals. If you don’t like brushing your teeth before breakfast, brush them immediately after getting up and then continue with your morning routine. That way, more time will pass from the moment you brush your teeth until you have breakfast and the flavour of the toothpaste will have mostly disappeared.
Wait 30 to 45 minutes if you nevertheless want to brush your teeth after eating breakfast.
‘The more often you brush, the better’
This statement can be thrown to the myth bin immediately. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for a reason! Tooth brushing is done with a scrubbing motion. Brushing too hard or intensively, especially in one place, can damage the tooth enamel and gums. When you brush away the gums, the neck of the tooth is exposed. This means that brushing too often leads to tooth wear and can cause problems when eating or drinking warm or cold things. In addition, problems with the gums can lead to infections and even horrible diseases. Brushing your teeth and gums is very important, but twice a day is sufficient.
‘Mouthwash is good for your teeth’
Many people use mouthwash in their daily routine. It is often used to mask unpleasant odours. Although in the past many dentists used to recommend the use of mouthwash, nowadays it is increasingly discouraged. The reason for this is that mouthwash kills not only the bad bacteria in your mouth, but also the good bacteria. It also reduces saliva production and contains alcohol and other harmful ingredients. Therefore, it’s better to use chewing gum to disguise unpleasant odours. Preferably, use sugar-free chewing gum because that is also good for your teeth!
‘A toothbrush lasts a year’
In principle, a toothbrush doesn’t have a lifespan. The most important thing is to look at the condition of your toothbrush. At some point, a toothbrush becomes less firm and the bristles start sticking outwards. As a result, the bristles don’t reach all the places in your mouth properly. Your toothbrush also accumulates bacteria, which continues to increase when you don’t clean your toothbrush properly. We recommend replacing your toothbrush approximately every three months, but it’s best that you check the condition of your toothbrush and know when it needs to be replaced.
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