Oral hygiene should be part of your daily routine if you want to keep your mouth healthy; however, there are some bad habits for teeth and gums that you should be aware of.
Brushing twice a day is imperative, but so is flossing. Flossing once a day is critical if you want to get rid of the plaque left by food particles. It is vital that you keep flossing and although you may bleed at first if you don’t floss, your gums will get used to it and your oral health will improve.
Brushing Too Soon
Dr. Julie Storm recommends never brushing right away after you consume acidic beverages and food. Those energy and sports drinks, wine, tomatoes, and citrus fruits will erode the enamel on your teeth. If you brush too soon after eating acidic foods, you will cause additional damage. Instead of brushing right away, rinse with water and wait at least a half an hour before brushing if you want to avoid bad habits for teeth and gums.
You may be diligent with your brushing, but if you don’t replace your toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray, you will be causing problems. A worn out toothbrush is ineffective and loaded with bad bacteria that could lead to infection. Change your toothbrush every three or four months and don’t forget to buy a new toothbrush if you have been sick.
Too much bleaching not only makes your teeth look unnatural, but can also cause tooth sensitivity. Overzealous tooth whitening can even make your teeth transparent or blue. Before you use an over the counter tooth whitening product, talk to your dentist who can recommend the best tooth whitening products for your needs. If you do opt for an over the counter tooth whitening product, make sure you check the ADA approved list.
You may think you are doing your teeth a favor when you brush with a hard bristled toothbrush, but that is simply not the case. If you are an aggressive brusher who brushes with a hard-bristled toothbrush, you will cause permanent gum damage. Brush in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle. Brushing back and forth like a saw will cause gum recession.
If you would like more information regarding bad habits for teeth and gums, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry today.