It doesn’t matter where you look or who you talk to, one thing that is consistent across the board with dentistry is the belief that you should be brushing and flossing every day. The routine schedule of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once has been tied to minimizing the chances of cavities, whiter smiles, better gum health and more. So it makes sense that you get a little frustrated when you aren’t seeing these specific results. Here are a few dental habits that may be affecting your oral health, even when you follow a specific dental care routine.
Using The Wrong Toothbrush
There are a few different bristle options when it comes to toothbrushes, and while there are options, using the wrong one could affect your smile. Using a brush with bristles that are too hard could leave to damaged gums or cause damage to the surface of your tooth. It’s best to use soft bristles, or multi-tufted bristles so that you can thoroughly clean your smile but ensure there’s no damage.
Brushing Too Often
You’re always told that you should be brushing on a regular basis, but did you know that there is such a thing as brushing too much? While it is important to keep your teeth clean, twice a day is plenty enough to keep your smile healthy. Too much brushing weakens your enamel and makes your teeth more vulnerable when it comes to cavities.
Not Drinking Enough Water
Saliva is an important part of oral health. In order for your mouth to stay neutralized from the enamel damaging acidity levels in most food and drinks, you need have saliva that can break it down. If you aren’t hydrated or you let your mouth get too dry, your mouth isn’t able to fight off these bacteria, which damages the enamel of your teeth.
Healthy, beautiful teeth are a common desire, and they’re always within reach if only you take care of your oral health. For more guidance regarding your oral health, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Louis Trainor. We are more than happy to help provide you with the guidance that you need to achieve a smile that you wear confidently.