Oral hygiene is linked to heart disease and also an indicator of your overall well-being, so it’s just as important to keep it healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and making sure you’re getting in for x-rays and cleanings. There are mistakes that we make in maintaining our teeth that eventually result in loss of a tooth or teeth. Few glaring mistakes that we usually commit are as follows:-
- Avoid Multitasking. Avoid multitasking while brushing, people tend to save time by multitasking in bathroom. Brush in front of a mirror, over the sink, better to leave the bathroom a few minutes later having given proper attention to each step of teeth cleaning.
- Brush Gently. Brushing hard may seem like a good thing, over-brushing can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and receding gums.
- Consult Dentist for Teeth Whitening. People go to internet to find ways to whiten their teeth, e.g. swishing with straight peroxide, which is not good for their teeth,Use approved products that have been tested.
- Avoid Vinegar. Dentists are sure of one thing: The acetic acid in the Apple Cider Vinegar is terrible for your tooth enamel, even a good rinse with water afterward might not mitigate the quaff’s potential damage
- Do not Brush immediately after Acidic Drinks. Brushing right after drinking orange juice, lemonade, wine or fizzy drink can wear away your enamel. The acidic environment weakens the teeth enamel and erosion can occur during this vulnerable period. Eating some cheese or drinking some milk can replenish good minerals for your teeth after a meal. Neutralize your mouth first by drinking milk or water, or rinsing with a baking soda solution or just waiting 30 minutes.
- Get Treatment for Bruxism. While mild bruxism (clenching your teeth or grinding your jaw) might not seem like a big deal, severe cases can lead to everything from chipped and worn teeth to headaches, jaw trouble, and even changes in facial appearance. Get a mouth guard to protect you from additional damage.
- Do not Smoke. Besides the bad breath and stained teeth, smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. Smoking can also lower your chances for successful treatment if you’ve already got gum disease, since nicotine compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.
- Avoid Toothpicks. Toothpicks can certainly come in handy when food gets stuck between your teeth at a restaurant, but wooden toothpicks are poor substitutes for dental floss. They can splinter and break, and using them too aggressively can cause damage to sensitive gum tissue.
- Avoid Over- Bleaching. Over bleaching teeth can lead to weakened enamel and teeth sensitivity, enamel loss exposes the layer of dentin beneath it, making your teeth look dingy rather than pearly. Use the whitener in moderation.