A cosmetic dentist has revealed some of the secrets behind the best way to brush your teeth – and not wetting your toothbrush before putting on toothpaste is top of the list.
According to dental expert Dr Sahil Patel, many people make a big mistake when it comes to cleaning their teeth.
Dr Patel, founder of the Marylebone Smile Clinic, has shared some of the common errors he sees people making when brushing their teeth – and has words of advice on how to avoid them.
The Mirror reports him saying that one of the biggest blunders anyone can make is to wet their toothbrush before putting toothpaste on it.
He said: “If you wet the toothbrush before you put the toothpaste on, you’re diluting it.
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“Toothpaste already has the right amount of moisture. If it’s wet, it makes it foam up faster and makes you spit it out sooner.”
He went on to say that you should start your clean from the back of your teeth.
“I’d recommend starting at the back first, which is often the hardest part to clean,” he said.
“If you start at the front and do the back last, you’re more likely to stop and put it down, missing the back or not cleaning the back properly.”
And if you were thinking of stocking up on dental floss, he urges you to think again and opt for interdental brushes instead.
“The bristles that clean between the teeth can get to corners and tricky areas that the toothbrush can’t get to clean our plaque, this makes them more effective than floss and they come in many shapes and sizes to ensure a good fit,” he added.
This comes after Dr Patel told the Mirror that there are certain outfits you should never wear to dentist appointments.
He said: “Try to avoid clothes that are valuable or sentimental as they can be damaged or stained with the water and/or coloured dental materials.
“Try to wear patterned or dark colours, and avoid wearing your work shirt if you’re on your lunch break! Avoid turtle necks and high-collared shirts.”
He recommends that gym, and loungewear clothes are perfect for dental appointments.