6 Dental Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Smile

6 Dental Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Smile

Everyone knows the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, but oral health is about more than avoiding cavities. Here are some common mistakes people make and how to correct them.

1. Not brushing for long enough

For most people, two minutes of brushing is the minimum required for good oral hygiene. If you’re not sure you’re getting there, try listening to a song – just make sure it’s one with a running time of at least two minutes!

2. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray. You should also get a new brush after you’ve had a cold, as the bristles can collect germs that might reinfect you. A handy tip is to change your brush when the seasons change – autumn, winter, spring and summer.

3. Brushing too hard

Even if it doesn’t hurt, brushing too hard can wear away at the enamel of your teeth and make them sensitive. The right technique is to use light strokes in small circles and hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line.

4. Not going in for biannual cleanings

Dentists recommend cleanings once every six months to keep teeth shiny white and healthy. Skipping these appointments can lead to tooth decay, as well as problems that might not be apparent at home like gum disease.

5. Not using fluoride

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel, making it tougher for bacteria to create cavities. Drinking tap water is an easy way to get fluoride, but you can also get it from toothpaste or mouthwash or ask your dentist about fluoride treatments during your next checkup.

6. Using a manual toothbrush

Many people still use a manual toothbrush with stiff bristles because they’ve always used one. But electric brushes have been shown in studies to be more effective at removing plaque buildup than manual brushes.


Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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