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Common Oral Care Mistakes

Common Oral Care Mistakes

ToothbrushHey, we all make mistakes, don’t we? That’s usually how we learn valuable life lessons. But what about the mistakes you don’t know you’re making? We’ve pulled together a list of common mistakes people make with their mouth—not the foot-in-mouth kind, though. Sorry, we can’t do anything about that.

It’s all about what you eat—and don’t eat. We all know that sweets are bad for us, but come on—how can we possibly avoid that delicious looking treat? It’s probably impossible to entirely avoid sugary foods, so if you have to indulge, try doing so after a meal. This reduces acid producing bacteria in the mouth that wears away enamel. And while we’re on the subject of food—eat your fruits and veggies. They have vitamins and minerals that help strengthen your teeth.

A few more food-related tips:

  • DO: Chew sugar-free gum
  • DON’T: Avoid chewing hard things like ice or popcorn kernels
  • DO: Swish with water after every meal

Dehydration. Foods aren’t the only thing that can give your teeth a hard time. Make sure you avoid drinking high-acid or sugary liquids, and instead drink plenty of water. Your body isn’t the only thing that needs water—your teeth do, too. Drink water after a meal to clean the mouth and wash away bacteria.

Bad brushing habits. Bad habits are hard to break, but it’s worth the extra effort to break these habits.

  • Brushing too soon. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush – food acids weaken enamel. Brushing immediately after eating doesn’t allow the enamel enough time to harden back up.
  • Brushing too hard or too often. This can expose and irritate the roots of your teeth and cause dental problems and tooth sensitivity. We recommend using soft bristle toothbrushes only, to help avoid scraping the enamel off of your teeth.
  • Not brushing long enough. Ok, so maybe this sounds like the opposite of what we just said, but quality and quantity go hand in hand here. We all hurry from one thing to the next in life, especially getting ready for work in the morning, but this is one area of your life you really don’t want to rush. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush, be sure to brush thoroughly for at least 2 minutes.
  • Boring brushing. Spice up that brushing experience and don’t make every brushing session the same. Start in different places of the mouth to provide a more balanced teeth cleaning. 
  • And one more thing: don’t ignore the Pink. Your tongue doesn’t just get this party started—it’s also a nice warm bed for bacteria growth. Make sure your tongue is getting its fair share of attention during routine brushing.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention floss. Do it. Every day. Now don’t get all carried away and be aggressive about it, either. Be gentle, but diligent.

And last, the thing you’ve been avoiding—DON’T put off that dental cleaning. Neglecting to have your teeth taken care of by a dentist is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to oral health. So get busy, and schedule that cleaning.

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Daily Care for Teeth

Everyday Habits for Healthy Teeth

No one likes having problems with their teeth. Whether it is aesthetics or something more serious there are a litany of problems that can affect your teeth. For most people these problems are only a concern once they happen but taking the proper preventative steps can keep you from every having to deal with them at all. With peoples’ busy schedules getting busier all the time sometimes basic oral hygiene can fall by the wayside. As people fall asleep at their computers at night or wake up late for work proper brushing techniques are being discarded like the floss they should be using! This is however no excuse and for many people this lack of attention to their pearly whites will lead to preventable problems in the future. For some they may simply have forgotten the brushing basics but have no fear.

Yes. You should be brushing. And flossing. These two simple activities can save you a lot of money and pain later on.

Yes. You should be brushing. And flossing. These two simple activities can save you a lot of money and pain later on.

Here is a refresher:

The first thing to know about any job is that you must have the proper equipment to get it done. It is prudent to replace your brush every 3 – 4 months (sooner if the bristles are frayed). This will make sure that the brush is getting to all the spots it is designed to get to. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and evening) however if you only brush once it should be at night before you go to sleep. Otherwise your teeth will stew in whatever you have eaten that day all night. It’s not a pretty picture but it is the truth!

When you brush it is important to get to every tooth. Move the brush in small circles on every surface of every tooth. This is especially important near the gumline where plaque can buildup. Once this is done for every tooth rinse your mouth and move on to flossing. When flossing it is important that you have enough floss to get the job done. 18 inches of floss is the standard recommendation. Make sure to floss in between every set of teeth. This also includes the back molars on both sides even though there is not a tooth on the other side. This will help eliminate food particles that may have gotten stuck in between your teeth. It is best to rinse your mouth with water after this to get any floating particles that may be lef

Once you have brushed and flossed you may think you are done but there is one other step that many people do not do. Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash. This not only serves to freshen your breath but also will help dis-infect your mouth. An alcohol based mouthwash will help clear the bacteria away from any cuts or sores in your mouth as well which can help prevent disease (not only of the mouth but other diseases and infections as well).

It may seem simple but these steps go a long way in promoting a healthy mouth and a pretty smile. If you ever need any extra motivation get online and look up gum disease and some of the other problems (and solutions) an unhealthy mouth must face. I promise you’ll be furiously brushing in no time!

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