The Dental Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them

The Dental Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them

Are You Doing All You Can to Preserve Your Oral Health?

You know that you’re supposed to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist, but does it really matter if you don’t do those things as often as you should?

The mistakes you could be making and the things you don’t do are preventing you from having the healthy mouth you’ve been striving for.

You’re Not Brushing Properly

Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to brush your teeth, and you may be doing it without knowing.

You need to spend at least two minutes brushing. A quick 30 second swipe isn’t going to do anything to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. When you brush is also important: brushing right after eating can actually do more harm than good.

When you eat, the enamel on your teeth becomes softened. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating can damage the enamel while it’s in a vulnerable state. Wait at least 30-60 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth to avoid doing any permanent damage.

You Skip Flossing

This is one step you definitely do not want to miss.

Brushing on its own only cleans roughly 70% of the surface of your teeth. This leaves the cracks and crevices between your teeth uncleaned. When you go in with floss, there is no space left untouched, meaning your teeth should be close to 100% clean.

And, no, using mouthwash is not the same as flossing. Mouthwash is meant to be an addition to your routine, not a replacement for any of the crucial steps.

You Don’t Stay Hydrated

Drinking water has more benefits than contributing to healthy skin. It can also go a long way in giving you healthy teeth.

Most tap water contains fluoride, which is considered “nature’s cavity fighter.” This mineral works to strengthen your teeth