There are many steps you can take to avoid having issues with your teeth. But we see many people fail to avoid some common pitfalls. Here are our 7 tips to prevent problems with your teeth!
- Brush twice per day
This is a common rule that most people know. But it isn’t always followed. You should always brush your teeth at least twice per day. This will prevent plaque from building up and will remove bacteria. If you don’t, then the bacteria can start to cause cavities. It will happen quickly, which is why you shouldn’t forget to brush your teeth. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes every time you brush your teeth.
- The wrong Brushing technique
The technique you use to brush your teeth is almost as important as how often. The most common mistake that people make when brushing is missing areas of their mouth. Make sure that every tooth is cleaned and no surface is missed. When you rush to brush, it is easy to miss areas that are hard to reach. This will leave plaque in those cracks and crevices or long the gum line. While you should be thorough, be careful not to brush too hard because you could actually damage your gums.
- Using the wrong toothbrush
This is true for almost everything in life, but you should also use the correct tool for the job. There are many types of toothbrushes, including brushes with different lengths of bristles. Brushes are available in different levels of softness. You should ask your dentist what they recommend for your mouth and your gums. If you are buying the cheapest toothbrush possible, then you may have a tool that is subpar. Buy a toothbrush that will do the best job possible.
- Not replacing your toothbrush enough
You could have the best toothbrush, but if you use it for too long it can become almost worthless. The bristles will start to lose strength and spread. This makes them less able to get in-between your teeth. It is a great idea to always but two toothbrushes so you’ll always have an extra in your bathroom.
- Failure to floss
This is probably the mistake we see the most. But it is also incredibly important, especially with all of the sugary drinks that most people consume. Sugar and bacteria will get in-between your teeth and cause cavities. No matter how well you brush you still can’t get everything. Flossing is the only way to get all of the plaque off of your teeth. This will prevent cavities and gum disease. It doesn’t take long, and you should do it once per day. Add it to your routine if you don’t already floss.
- Too much sugar
What we eat is one of the biggest factors in whether we get cavities or not. The main culprit is pop and other fizzy drinks. But you may be surprised by how many foods and drinks have large amounts of sugar in them. Try to cut back on the amount of sugar you assume, and you will notice fewer cavities and other dental issues.
- Not going to the dentist
Even if you do everything right at home, you should still visit the dentist twice per year. Some people are just prone to cavities, or other oral health problems. If there is a problem, then the dentist can catch and fix it before it turns into a more serious issue. Talk to your dentist about any questions on how to take care of your teeth and how to avoid the oral health pitfalls.