5 Common Dental Hygiene Mistakes

Oral care is most effective when done properly. Read on to make sure you’re not making these five mistakes when caring for your teeth. If you are, we’ll help you correct them!

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1. Skipping Floss


You should be brushing your teeth twice daily, but just brushing is not enough. Food particles and bacteria get stuck between the teeth and gums, leaving you vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. With floss, you have access to those tight areas and you can keep them clean and healthy. Never go to bed without flossing first!

2. Ignoring Your Tongue

Your teeth and gums aren’t the only part of your mouth that needs your help staying clean. Many people don’t think to clean their tongue, but it’s vitally important, especially to warding off bad breath. Bacteria clings to the tongue, so you’ll want to give it a good scrub or scrape to get rid of it. You can simply brush your tongue with a toothbrush, or purchase a tongue scraper.

3. Holding Onto Your Toothbrush for Too Long

The American Dental Association recommends that toothbrushes or brush heads be replaced every 3-4 months. As brushes begin to wear, they won’t be as effective a tool in cleaning your teeth. Additionally, toothbrushes get dirty over time, capable of spreading some of the germs they’re housing. For a safe and effective clean, swap it out regularly.

4. Improper Brushing

If you aren’t brushing correctly, there’s a good chance you’re not getting your teeth as clean as you should. Many people brush too hard, or don’t brush for long enough. Brush gently, and spend a full two minutes each time you do. By the time you’re done, you should have covered the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth, as well as the chewing surfaces.

5. Choosing the Wrong Toothbrush

First and foremost, hard bristles should be avoided. Many people assume that force and grit will give them a better clean, but the truth is that soft bristles and a gentle touch will do the trick without causing harm to your gums. If you struggle to find a light touch, an electric toothbrush can help, some models even offer pressure sensors that will tell you when you’re brushing too hard.

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Whatever mistakes you’ve been making, we’re here to help you remedy them. Contact us and a member of our team would be happy to assist you in setting up your next appointment.

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