How do I keep my teeth clean

10 things you get wrong while brushing your teeth

How do you brush your teeth properly? What are the most common mistakes? Here you will find all the tips and tricks to get right Brush teeth.

Did you know
  • more than 60 percent of school children worldwide have at least one diamond tooth?
  • almost every adult also suffers from a carious tooth?
  • more than half of the European population suffers from periodontal disease?
  • Malignant tumors in the oral cavity are the 8th most common cancer?

Countless articles have certainly been written about proper oral hygiene, and luckily you can read more and more about the fact that in addition to thorough oral hygiene, prophylaxis also plays an important role.


Experts repeatedly emphasize the importance of healthy teeth, which are necessary not only for a beautiful, irresistible smile, but also for physical well-being.

Despite the fact that we live in prosperous European countries, the number of those who are below Periodontal Diseasessuffer extremely high. According to a study, around 70-85 percent of 60-65 year olds are affected.

Many because they don't do it often or not thoroughly enough Brush teeth, others because they eat wrongly. But smokers and alcohol consumers are also at risk.

The most important basics:

1. Tooth lossIn adulthood, it is usually caused by two easily preventable diseases: tooth decay and periodontal disease ↗.

2. Cariesis the most common disease worldwide.

3. Under Oral hygienedoes not only include dental health in the narrower sense, but also the health of the gums, jawbones, tongue, lips and soft tissue.

4. Inadequate oral hygiene can have serious health consequences, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes.

5. Diseases of the oral cavity can be easily prevented by following the correct oral care habits.

Bad oral hygiene and our body's defense mechanisms are closely related. Diseases of the gums and gumsweaken the immune system, making you more sensitive to infections.

So we think it's important to deal with oral hygiene myths and identify the 10 most important things that people think about Brush teethdo wrong.

1. A good toothbrush is half a success



Most patients assume that the first person who comes across is enough toothbrushoff the shelf, although choosing the right type of toothbrush plays an enormously important role in oral care.

Pay attention when choosing a toothbrush
  • soft bristles to protect the gums,
  • the corresponding size (rather small brush head),
  • an ergonomic handle.

One should certainly not prioritize the color, and even the price should be less of a factor, although admittedly, the price for individual brands can be quite high.

Individual requirements are important, but in general it can be said that the gentler the bristles, the more effective the brush. Tongue scrapers on the back are of no interest, as such lamellas unnecessarily enlarge the brush head.

The teeth can be used with electric toothbrushesmost effectively clean, so these are always your best choices. The same criteria apply here: small brush head with dense, soft bristles.

2. Time factor is relevant



The Oral hygieneis certainly not a race. Successful dental care also requires a corresponding investment of time.

Experts recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, morning and evening, for at least three minutes each time. The beauty of our smiles and the health of our teeth are worth these three minutes.

You should thoroughly clean every tooth area in these three minutes. Routine can lead to forgetting certain passages, and it is precisely this routine of monotonous hand movements that we can no longer notice if we are missing something.

It is important that you approach oral hygiene with "respect": You should therefore not just look at it while watching TV or bathing Brush teeth.

3. Don't overdo it!



Brushing your teeth can also be overdone. Constantly scrubbing and brushing your teeth too often isn't necessarily an advantage.

Scrubbing too hard or too often can lead the hoped-for effect in the wrong direction: the wear and tear of tooth enamel and tooth necks is favored, the teeth can become sensitive.

One of the common toothbrushing myths is that the only way to get rid of the deposits is to scrub. In truth, gentle hand movements are sufficient for complete cleaning.

Fresh plaque (not already mineralized plaque, which can only be removed professionally) can be removed with gentle, massaging movements.

With The daily limit has been reached by brushing your teeth three to four times a day, more often is exaggerated.

4. It depends on the right cleaning technique



Many people wonder when they learn that there is a special technique for brushing their teeth.

"What can you do wrong there?"

Quite a few. It is not enough if you have the toothbrushjust pushing back and forth, good oral hygiene has to be learned.

The one recommended by the dentists Toothbrush methodcalled Bass technique:
  • Half of the toothbrush is placed on the gums, half on the teeth, at a 45 degree angle,
  • Make small circular movements,
  • Clean 2-3 teeth at once, repeat 15-20 times.

You can divide the dentition into four quadrants and devote less than a minute to each quadrant: 30 seconds inside, 30 seconds outside. That is the minimum.

With a suitable toothbrush and with the correct cleaning techniqueIn such a short time you can see both the tooth surfaces, the gum margins and the Clean interdental spaces.

It always depends on the small circular movements, because horizontal scrubbing endangers the necks of the teeth and the edge of the gums.



5. The back must also shine!



A common mistake people make is not paying so much attention to the inside anymore.

Many even completely forget it, although in the grooves and notches on the inside that Risk of tooth decayis much higher. It should also not be forgotten that the inside of the front and molars is extremely susceptible to tartar, mainly in the lower jaw.

The back remains invisible when smiling, but as part of our teeth it still needs to be carefully cared for.


6. Are there any wrong toothpastes?



And whether. Most of them decide on a taste, others place more emphasis on the intensity of the foam, but one would have to pay much more attention to the composition.

For example, what is important is the optimal one Fluoride contentwhich has to prevent tooth decay and protect tooth enamel.

For sensitive teeth, it is advisable to use potassium chloride or potassium nitrate, also known as nitric toothpaste, to use. The care of sensitive tooth necks requires toothpastes that contain hydroxyapatite or strontium chloride. These are intended to close the tubules of the exposed tooth necks or to reduce the sensitivity to pain.

Help with inflammatory diseases in the oral cavity Toothpasteswith amine fluoride. But there are also disinfecting products with different concentrations of chlorhexidine that can be used to fight harmful bacteria.


However, you should stay away from cheap toothpaste,

as these can contain ingredients that strongly irritate or even dry out the oral mucosa. This then leads to an increased need for fluid, which in turn means that the fluid that gets into the stomach the lining of the stomach is also affected. The consequences are digestive disorders and a general well-being.


7. Patience is required



You always hear that you should brush your teeth right after eating. Recently, however, it has been the case that you don't have to rush anything.

Researchers have found that acidic foods soften tooth enamel, which can be damaged when brushing your teeth. It is therefore advisable not to use it immediately after meals toothbrushto grab.

Experts suggest waiting around 30-60 minutes. During this time, the organism can replace the loss of minerals. If you don't do this, you run the risk of abrading the necks of your teeth.

At this point, the importance of a healthy diet must be pointed out, because it is with the right one Oral hygieneplays an important role. Sugary foods and drinks, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and sour lozenges should be avoided.

8. Use dental floss before brushing your teeth



It can also be clearly seen that most patients do not use dental floss, although they do Interdental spacesmake up about a third of the tooth surface, and must also be cleaned of harmful plaque.


The cleaning with Flossis best done before brushing your teeth, because this way the toothpaste can easily penetrate the cleaned interdental spaces and develop its effect there.

9. Keep the brush head with your head



Many don't just use that toothbrushwrong, they keep it wrong too. You don't think anything about it, although toothbrushes stored in the wrong place quickly degenerate into an empire of millions of bacteria.

What do you have to consider?
  • Always clean the toothbrush thoroughly! You do not need to disinfect it, but you do need to rinse it off thoroughly to remove toothpaste residue and bacteria.
  • If the toothbrush has a protective cap, it should never be placed on the wet toothbrush because the wet environment offers the best conditions for the bacteria to multiply.
  • Toothbrushes should generally be stored upright in a container that is as dry as possible, if possible far away from the washstand.
  • When storing multiple toothbrushes in the same toothbrush holder, be careful not to let the brush heads touch each other.

A clean toothbrush is extremely important when you have all the bacterial colonies at night Brush teethdon't want to put it in your mouth.

10. A toothbrush is not for life



... and not even for half a year!

Toothbrushes should be used every 3 monthsbe changed because the bristles wear out and cleaning is no longer optimal. So when our old toothbrush stands in the cup like a withered flower, it's time to get a new one.

You should also remember to change your toothbrush after every illness.