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Let us assume that you are the person with the brightest smile.
You always brush your teeth, floss daily, and consult your dentist every six months. But are those enough?
It would help if you thought twice about your teeth care regimen because you probably miss many essential things.
Let’s discuss the typical dental care mistakes you might be making.
Thirty seconds for each of the four quadrants of your mouth is the best duration, which means two minutes of brushing in total.
Do two minutes feel too quick? Brushing too long may damage your teeth and gums in the long run. Do two minutes feel too long? You’re most likely leaving the bacteria behind.
For best results, we recommend you to brush your teeth two to three times daily—no more, no less, with one before bedtime.
More than that means over brushing teeth, which cause sensitivity by brushing away the enamel.
Less than that, you guessed it—that mouth is still dirty!
Brushing mistakes aren’t limited to lacking or too much time, but it also includes intensity. Brushing too hard also causes over brushing teeth, which leads to eroding your teeth enamel and damaging your gums.
Brushing too gently, on the other hand, will not spotless your teeth. When brushing your teeth hurts, we recommend you to consult your dentist immediately.
We agree that you will benefit from rinsing your mouth with water before brushing your teeth.
However, doing it immediately after you eat pushes acids beneath the surface of your teeth
It means that you’re defeating the purpose of brushing, which is removing those acids to avoid tooth decay.
We recommend brushing your teeth 30 minutes after you eat to get the best results.
The size of your toothbrush affects how far reaches the corners of your mouth.
The texture of your bristles also affects how you take care of your teeth. The best way to know the correct size and texture is by consulting your dental health provider.
The bacteria from our mouths don’t vanish after we brush.
They transfer to the toothbrush! Even when we rinse the toothbrush after we use it, we aren’t sure of the things we cannot see, especially those small scratches on our frayed brush.
When we’re sick, we may leave some disease-carrying bacteria on our brushes. That is why we recommend cleaning the brush after using it.
We recommend replacing it every three months when the bristles fray or when we became ill.
Cleaning teeth is good, but it’s not enough because other parts of our mouths touch them.
So when we brush our teeth, a gentle massage on our gums and tongue cleaning will improve our oral health.
Remember the purpose while doing it: removing the bacteria, which keeps our mouth clean.
Brushing alone cannot spotless our mouths.
What’s left behind is plaque, the whitish thing that causes tooth decay when ignored.
To find them, using disclosing tablets will help. We can easily buy them in supermarkets and pharmacies.
One of the most common dental care mistakes is leaving the bits of food on the mouth before sleeping.
We produce less saliva during bedtime, which protects our teeth from decay by fighting the bacteria in our mouth.
The food bits will serve as food to the bacteria, and their byproducts are acids that cause tooth decay.
We don’t want these bacteria to feast overnight, so sleeping with a clean mouth is a good practice.
We already finished brushing our teeth. Before you rinse that mouth with water, think again. The toothpaste has teeth-strengthening ingredients.
The most remarkable one is fluoride, which replaces the lost minerals in teeth. To get its effect of reducing tooth decay by 25%, we don’t recommend rinsing it.
It can be a difficult habit to break due to its taste, so we recommend spitting. If you prefer to rinse, using mouthwash instead of water will help.
We learned the proper cleaning of our teeth: adequate brushing time, intensity, and rinsing. Let’s not forget the back of our teeth.
How will we reach that by brushing? The truth is, brushing can’t.
That’s why we use dental floss to remove the plaque and tartar in between our teeth. The best time to do it is before going to bed.
White teeth can mean a clean mouth. Not necessarily, because if we use too many bleaching agents to achieve a bright color, we weaken our teeth and burn our gums.
We recommend the use of teeth whiteners with a dentist’s guidance.
Either poor hygiene or an underlying disease, bad breath causes both of them. Nobody likes to have bad breath, so having a dentist consult it will help.
There’s nothing better than knowing it yourself, so we recommend trying this method: go to a safe place, lick your wrist, wait for ten seconds, and smell it.
We can say that complacency causes terrible events.
The worst of the dental care mistakes we can make is not consulting a professional.
Dentists already understand why some people have dental anxiety, so it’s better to approach them instead of waiting for them to reach us.
Also, we cannot DIY the checkup and the dental cleaning process.
Dentists have the safest tools to do dental maintenance.
As mentioned, daily dental care alone cannot remove all the plaque and tartar.
That is why dental cleaning is necessary. After removing the tartar and plaque, our teeth will feel more sensitive.
The reasoning behind this is that the cleaning removes the tartar that blocks the enamel surface.
The scraping process, which may feel uncomfortable, is entirely a removal of tooth decay causes. Thus, it means that dental cleaning doesn’t cause damage to our teeth.
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