5 Dental Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making

Share this post

Are you making these dental mistakes?

Sometimes, too much of a good thing is not a good thing…

When it comes to taking care of our teeth, a lot of us (arguably not enough) know the importance of brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist. But sometimes we do things – even supposedly good things – that could be harming our teeth. Here are five little beauties that may surprise you.

1. 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 – and don’t brush too vigorously.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.


To learn more about Dental anxiety visit our page.

Booked in for a clean & scale lately?

If you have health insurance, it may not even cost you a thing!

Contact Us

Related Post

Dental Cleaning Products

Early Release Superannuation for Major Dental

Early Release Superannuation for Major Dental At Aria, we believe that everyone has the right to optimal health and wellbeing.…
anxious person, putting off oral treatment

Postponing Important Oral Treatment

At Aria, we believe that everyone has the right to optimal health and wellbeing. Being healthy and living well is…
OPG X-Ray machine which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film.

What to expect at your Dental Implant consultation?

So you have booked your complimentary dental implant consultation at Aria Dental, and you are likely wondering what will happen?…