Taking care of your teeth might seem pretty simple. Brush regularly, floss and don’t skip that six monthly visit to the dentist, but in reality it’s a little more complicated than that. Here are five dental mistakes you could be making without even realising it.
- Brushing too often. You know that not brushing teeth is bad, so logically it makes sense that the more you brush them the better, right? Actually, no. Too much brushing can damage your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Best to stick to twice a day.
- Grinding teeth or clenching your teeth. Clenching and grinding are common habits especially at night, and you might not even realise you’re doing it. If you wake up with jaw soreness, headaches or other signs that you might be clenching or grinding it’s a good idea to see your dentist. Continued clenching and grinding can lead to cracked or broken teeth if left untreated.
- Using your teeth as tools. Teeth are intended for biting food, not opening bottles, tearing apart packets or any other non eating related activity. Using your teeth for purposes other than what they are intended for can cause damage and affect their appearance.
- Using the wrong type of toothbrush. For the best results, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right toothbrush for your needs. This means one that’s comfortable to use, has bristles that are not too hard and make sure you replace it regularly (every 4 -6 months) before it gets too worn.
- Smoking. We all know smoking is bad for your lungs but did you know it’s also bad for your teeth? Nicotine causes tooth discolouration and it also increases your chances of developing gum disease due to reduced blood flow in the gums. Smoking can also increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
By avoiding these common, easily avoidable mistakes and replacing bad habits with good ones, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy for longer. Now that’s something to smile about!