Be honest… do you go on autopilot when completing your oral hygiene regimen? After years and years of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, it’s not surprising. However, you may be unintentionally making some serious dental care mistakes in the process. With this in mind, keep reading to learn six teeth-cleaning blunders that make your dentist cringe!
You Ignore Your Gums
Teeth often steal the oral health spotlight. However, your gums are equally as important! If you neglect them, then your chances of developing gum disease are significantly higher. So, make sure to brush along your gumline, floss between each tooth, and rinse with mouthwash consistently.
You Rarely Replace Your Toothbrush
Has it been more than three months since you last replaced your toothbrush or toothbrush head? Then it’s time! Otherwise, you’re “cleaning” your teeth with weak, dirty bristles. If you have a hard time remembering, set a reminder on your phone or get an electric toothbrush where the new brush heads are delivered automatically.
You Overuse Whitening Products
White teeth are desirable, but they aren’t an indicator of how healthy your teeth are. In fact, you may end up negatively affecting your oral health if you overuse whitening products! That’s why it’s crucial that your treatment is overseen by a talented dentist. That way, they can make sure the condition of your teeth isn’t compromised in the process.
You Rush Through Brushing
To thoroughly clean your teeth, you need to brush for a full two minutes. If you’re in a rush or on autopilot, then there’s a good chance you are missing the mark. The good news is that making this a habit is as easy as setting a timer before you start!
You Skip Your Biannual Visits
Think your biannual checkups and cleanings are optional? Think again! These appointments allow your dentist to periodically check on the condition of your teeth and gums. Plus, your dental team screens for oral cancer, removes plaque buildup, examines any existing restorations, and much more.
You Brush Too Hard
Are the bristles on your toothbrush frayed? Then you’re probably brushing your teeth too hard. Remember, applying additional pressure doesn’t mean your teeth will get “extra” clean. In fact, this can end up damaging your teeth and gums in the long run. Simply using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth and gums will do the trick!
Naturally, you want your teeth and gums to stay in pristine condition. To make sure they do, steer clear of the above teeth-cleaning mistakes that make your dentist cringe!
About the Author
Raised in Texas, Dr. Zachary Brice chose to pursue his undergraduate degree from Texas State University – San Marcus. Next, he earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. Throughout the years, he’s also dedicated a significant amount of time to continuing education and advanced courses. If you want to learn more about some common teeth-cleaning mistakes or you’d like to schedule your biannual checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (210) 903-5565.