5 Habits that Destroy Your Smile
- Not Flossing
Brushing twice a day is extremely important, but flossing at least once a day, is just as critical to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. When you floss, you remove the cavity-causing bacteria that is left behind from food that gets stuck between the teeth. Bleeding and irritation can occur when you first start to floss, but if you keep at it, your gums will toughen up and so will your oral health!
- Brushing too soon AFTER eating
Who knew? When you eat acidic foods and drink acidic beverages like sports drinks, citrus fruits, wine, tomatoes……all these can erode the tooth’s enamel. The enamel is that glossy layer on the outer part of the tooth. If you brush too soon after eating or drinking these items, it can cause more damage to the teeth. What you are doing is essentially brushing the acid into the teeth, instead of getting rid of it. Instead of brushing, rinse the mouth with water after you have consumed acidic foods and beverages. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing!
- Forgetting to Replace Your Toothbrush
Old toothbrushes are ineffective. But besides that, they also harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Your toothbrush should be changed every 3 to 4 months. If you’ve been sick, especially with a cold, it’s very important to change your toothbrush then as well. Linwood Family Dentist 08221 NJ
- Excessive Whitening of the Teeth
When you over bleach your teeth, they will start to look unnaturally white and also increase your teeth’s sensitivity. Before you use any at-home bleaching products, make sure you speak to your dentist. They will have great insight as to which type of bleaching system will provide you with the best results.
- Using a hard-bristled Toothbrush
Using a hard toothbrush along with aggressive brushing can cause irreversible damage to the gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush the teeth at a 45 degree angle, using a circular motion. If you go back-and-forth, or sawing, it can cause the gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth. This makes the teeth extremely sensitive. Linwood Family Dentist 08221 NJ
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