People emphasise the perfect smile, straight white teeth, cosmetic dentistry, and other aspects of oral hygiene. However, some routine habits may be harming your teeth without your knowledge. For example, are you aware that brushing your teeth immediately after a meal is harmful to your enamel? Every year, 100 million Americans fail to visit the dentist even once for cleaning or regular check-up. That said, here are four oral hygiene mistakes to avoid.
Using the wrong toothpaste
Just as skincare products are not ideal for every skin type, using the wrong toothpaste can damage your dentition and oral health. One in eight people has sensitive teeth, making it imperative to determine the suitable toothpaste to use. Fortunately, there is specially formulated toothpaste to care for sensitive teeth. If you are unsure what toothpaste is right for you, always seek professional dental care and advice from your dentist or orthodontist.
Using one toothbrush for too long
How long have you been using your current toothbrush? Would you consider it a unique antique? If it’s been more than three months, you should toss it into the trash. According to organised dental associations, using your toothbrush for over three months increases your chances of developing gum disease. This is because worn-out bristles are unable to reach into areas where bacteria thrive.
Indeed, modern toothbrushes are now designed to withstand fraying. However, you will be surprised to know that some oral bacteria can hide within the bristles even after washing your toothbrush. Therefore, your safest bet is to change your brush every three months. As a tip, you can soak your toothbrush in diluted hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and excess toothpaste that failed to wash away.
Failing to attend to warning symptoms
Do you have bleeding gums? How about bad breath, oral thrush, and sores? These are all warning signs you must never sweep under the carpet. Remember that a healthy mouth has an overall impact on an even healthier body. Unfortunately, most people ignore these symptoms and prefer to adopt home remedies. Unfortunately, they may be setting themselves up for a severe oral problem in the future. Unattended symptoms can increase your risk for preterm baby (if you’re a woman), heart disease, or chronic periodontitis.
Brushing your teeth too hard
Your oral cavity is not a bathroom or kitchen floor to be scrubbed to eliminate stains. Exerting excessive energy when brushing your teeth can damage your enamel, cut your gums, and tire you out. Moreover, you will fail to brush for the required two to three minutes. Therefore, brush your teeth in circular motions, ensuring you attend each one. Unlike tartar, plaque is easier to clean and does not require pressure to get rid of.
Last but not least, do not forget to floss regularly. Flossing should be done at least once a day while you brush your teeth twice a day. Meanwhile, be deliberate about how you store your toothbrush. As a tip, avoid keeping it close to other toothbrushes.