If you're somebody who regularly cares for their teeth, then great! You will know the importance of doing so, as regular oral care can stave off tooth decay, cavities, and problems related to gum disease.
So, assuming you are somebody who brushes and flosses daily, and who regularly takes advantage of their local dental services, you are already doing what you should to care for your teeth. Still, despite your best efforts, it's entirely possible that you are making a few mistakes. Consider the following, for example.
Mistake #1: Rinsing after brushing
Many people rinse their mouths with water after brushing their teeth. It's usually to get rid of the toothpaste taste although a lot of people have been taught since childhood that this is the right thing to do. If this is something you do, think again! Toothpaste contains ingredients that strengthen your teeth. When you rinse your mouth, you rinse away the goodness that your toothpaste offers. The best thing to do is spit into the sink after brushing to rid yourself of the toothpaste taste. Alternatively, buy a better-tasting toothpaste!
Mistake #2: Only brushing your teeth
When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing your teeth is just the start. It's important to gently brush your gums and tongue too as, by doing so, you will clean away any source of bacteria. Your mouth will then look and feel cleaner, and you will reduce the risk of bad breath, gum disease, and other related problems to poor oral health.
Mistake #3: Not replacing your toothbrush
Sadly, our toothbrushes aren't meant to last forever. After a while, they can become worn and frayed, and eventually lose their effectiveness. They can carry bacteria too, especially when not washed properly, and we can then transfer that bacteria back into our mouths. Dentists recommend a change of toothbrush every 3 months. So, if your toothbrush has lost a few bristles and is clearly past its best, purchase something new as soon as you can.
Mistake #4: Brushing your teeth incorrectly
When brushing your teeth, you want to make sure you're getting to every nook and cranny where bits of food and bacteria can reside. This is why dentists recommend a number of tooth-brushing techniques as these can ensure you get the job done properly. Check out the linked article and learn the techniques mentioned, especially if you suspect your current method of teeth-brushing is ineffective.
Mistake #5: Over-brushing your teeth
When you over-brush, you risk losing the enamel on your teeth. This can leave your teeth more susceptible to cavities and decay, which is the exact opposite of what you expect after brushing. So, don't overdo it during the day. Dentists recommend 3 brushes per day, the last being just before bedtime. Mouth washing is recommended in between brushes, especially after eating.
The last thing you want to experience is tooth pain, which is why regular oral care is essential. However, despite your best efforts, you could still experience pain if you fall prey to the mistakes we mentioned. So, consider each one, and if any relate to you, change your dental habits to avoid any potential problems.