Watch Out for These Four Oral Care Mistakes!
Taking care of your teeth may seem like a no-brainer, but there are actually a lot of ways you can go wrong. From using a toothbrush that’s not fit for your teeth to not flossing regularly, most people are making at least one major oral care mistake daily.
Follow these simple tips to ensure you keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come.
1. Not Brushing Frequently
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. If you’re not brushing frequently, you’re not doing enough to remove plaque and food debris from your teeth. This can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. To avoid this, make sure you’re maintaining a proper teeth-brushing routine —your pearly whites will thank you!
2. Using the Wrong Toothbrush
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, there are two main things you need to consider: the size of the head and the type of bristles. The head should be small enough to reach all the way into the back of your mouth, and the bristles should be soft enough not to damage your gums. Ask your trusted dentist what type of toothbrush is right for you on your next visit!
3. Not Flossing Regularly
Flossing is just as important as brushing—yet only 4 out of 10 Americans floss daily, according to the AAP. When you don’t floss, plaque builds up between your teeth and around your gumline. Once again, this can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Take time to floss every day–– it only takes a few minutes out of your day, but it can make a big difference in your oral health.
4. Skipping Your Tongue
You may think your tongue is clean enough—after all, you brush it every time you brush your teeth. But unfortunately, that’s not enough. When you skip tongue cleaning, bacteria can build up on your tongue and cause bad breath. In addition, this bacteria can reenter your mouth after you eat or drink and cause cavities or gum disease. To clean your tongue effectively, use a tongue scraper or toothbrush with soft bristles. Gently scrape or brush your tongue from back to front until it feels smooth. Then rinse with water or mouthwash. Taking this extra step in your oral care routine can help keep your breath fresh and reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
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