You know that you should be brushing twice and flossing at least once a day. However, even if you are super diligent when it comes to your oral hygiene routine, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t making mistakes when you are cleaning your teeth. When you aren’t maintaining your oral health properly, you could end up with dental issues in the future. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common teeth-cleaning mistakes and how you can correct them.
Not Brushing Often Enough
Even though it is well known that everyone should be brushing twice a day, many people neglect to clean their teeth before going to bed. This may not seem like a big deal but when you leave plaque along the gum line, this can cause inflammation or gingivitis. When gum disease becomes more advanced, you could be left with an infection that can cause loose teeth, tooth loss, and other health issues. Remember to brush your teeth frequently enough.
Neglecting Your Gums
Oral health isn’t just about your teeth. It includes your gums as well. When you brush your teeth, you should also gently brush your gums in order to lessen your chances of inflammation that leads to gum disease and tooth loss.
Using Too Many Whitening Products
There are many different types of toothpaste, strips, and mouthwashes out there that claim to give you a beautiful white smile. However, you should proceed with caution. These products can contain ingredients that are highly abrasive and can increase tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist for their recommendations for a whiter smile. This way, you can brighten up your teeth in a safe manner.
Using an Old Toothbrush
Do you know how often you should be getting a new toothbrush? Many people don’t. The American Dental Association recommends switching it out for a new one every 3 to 4 months. This is because frayed bristles cannot clean your teeth as effectively and leave more plaque behind. Keep an eye on your bristles so you know when you should purchase a new brush.
Brushing Too Vigorously
Many people tend to brush too hard when using a manual toothbrush. This can cause harm by wearing away the protective enamel and damaging your gum tissue, leading to gum recession. Make sure that you are using proper technique and a soft-bristled toothbrush while you are brushing to avoid harm to your smile.
Not Flossing Often
If you only break out the floss when you feel something stuck between your teeth, this isn’t enough. If you don’t floss enough, you are allowing plaque and bacteria to stay put, ultimately setting you up for tooth decay and gum disease. Remember to floss every day and don’t snap too hard, as this can contribute to gum recession and gum disease.
To keep your smile in its best possible shape, be sure that you are avoiding the common mistakes listed above. With excellent oral hygiene comes optimal dental health!
About the Author
Dr. Edward J. Dooley earned his dental doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania of Dental Medicine and served as a Naval Dental Officer. Currently, he is a proud Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and New Jersey Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Spring Lake, visit his website or call (732) 974-2288.