Brushing is taught to our mind and imbibed in our muscle memory since childhood. We never forget to brush, but some problems persist in our teeth. There are various brushing technologies evolved in a few decades, but since their evolution, there are certain myths that have also evolved through the years and persist among people. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss some myths regarding brushing and cleaning your mouth.
We do not have a clear idea about brushing and its techniques, and therefore, we should seek professional help in this case. You can learn more here in this article about what long-driven myths are and the facts of those myths. So, let’s ponder upon this topic and understand the facts of brushing and cleaning the teeth.
Myth 1: Rinsing Teeth after Brushing
It is always our habit that we rinse our teeth immediately after brushing. However, this is not the correct way of brushing. It is said that toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps clean the teeth. So, when we rinse our teeth after brushing, it washes away the toothpaste. The best way would be to spit out the excess toothpaste and leave it for some time. Do not rinse it to remove the paste. The toothpaste remnants will help you keep your mouth safe from plaque and bacteria. You can rinse it after some time so that the toothpaste cleans the mouth, and you are ready to go.
Myth 2: Mouthwash after Brushing
Mouthwash also contains fluoride, so using it immediately after brushing is not essential. You can use mouthwash after some time or at any time in the day because while brushing, your mouth already has fluoride treatment. For instance, you can use mouthwash if you are not brushing during your mid-day meal.
Myth 3: Hard Bristles are essential to remove plaque
Plaque is the material that makes our teeth hard. In this case, the doctors chisel the plaque out of your teeth. So, to prevent this plaque formation, people tend to use hard-bristled brushes as they feel it will help them clean the plaque. However, it is the other way round. You have to use soft-bristled brushes to keep your teeth and gums safe, and they will reach the nooks and corners of your teeth.
Myth 4: Electronic brushes are Effective
Electronic brushes are becoming popular. It helps to keep track of your brushing timing. It gives you timing about how much time you are brushing your teeth. Electronic brushes help children understand how much they are brushing their teeth. It can also remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. If you have braces, these electronic brushes make cleaning easy. However, you can also use manual brushes, as some people are comfortable with them.
Myth 5: Flossing is Not Important Daily
A toothbrush cannot effectively clean the plaque between the teeth. Therefore, it is important to floss the teeth daily to clean any unwanted material between them.