Common mistakes we use to do when we brushing our teeth

Recently, in this blog, we explained you how to brush your teeth properly. In this post we’re going to talk only about the common errors, via The Huffingtonpost:

  • Not brushing for long enough: most dentists recommend brushing teeth for two or three minutes.
  • Not watching what we are doing: stand in front of the mirror and focus on the process. When you finish, check your teeth to make sure they have been cleaned.
  • The technique needs a major makeover: the right way is to do it in a circular motion and area by area. Don´t stay in all places at once, begin with a section and move through the rest gradually.
  • Brushing too hard: if you brush your teeth too hard you can damage the enamel and gums.
  • Using the wrong toothbrush: hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause abrasions if used incorrectly. Electric toothbrushes are great tools as they help you to brush longer and get you to the right places.
  • Having the wrong toothpaste: there are toothpastes that are more effective against stains but can damage the enamel. You have to find one that is suitable for your teeth.
  • Failing at floshing: the floss reaches the interdental space, where the toothbrush does not reach. Precisely the area where cavities are formed as debris accumulates and bacteria stay there feeding.
  • Not rinsing after brushing: rinse with mouthwash is a way to eliminate the remaining bacteria that can be spread by mouth. If you don’t have mouthwash, even rinsing with water is better than doing nothing.


If you avoid these mistakes in toothbrushing and you also visit your dentist regularly, your dental hygiene will be under control.

Dra. Carmen López Prieto

Dra. Carmen López Prieto