Most of us try to take good care of our teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and hopefully, routine dental exams and cleaning. A solid dental hygiene routine is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and to obtaining the beautiful smile that most of us so strongly desire. However, even we are attempting to care for our teeth, there are some practices that can lead to damage when not done correctly.
Below are three habits which you may believe to be harmless and even beneficial, yet these each have the potential to negatively impact your smile. Fortunately, with just a few small adjustments, you can continue to care for your pearly whites with confidence.
- Brushing Incorrectly – Brushing twice daily is the single most important part of any oral care routine. It keeps teeth clean while also fighting off issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Not brushing correctly, however, can lead to damage and make brushing less effective than it should be. For instance, many tend to brush back and forth when small circular motions work best. Additionally, it’s important to brush for an adequate amount of time. At least two minutes evenly divided between all areas of the mouth is ideal.
- Choosing the Wrong Toothbrush – While it’s important to clean teeth thoroughly, you should not do so abrasively. Brushing too hard or using an overly stiff toothbrush can lead to damage of the tooth’s enamel. Instead, choose a soft or even extra soft bristle toothbrush with a small head to reach difficult places. Brush gently, and replace the toothbrush at least every three months to avoid the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
- Using Toothpicks – Sharp toothpicks may effectively remove food from between your teeth. However, they also can easily result in gum damage. Dental floss, on the other hand, works just as effectively, if not moreso, and is far healthier for both teeth and gums. Keep some handy throughout the day to use after each meal.
We all want a healthy, white smile to show the world. Most take great care to achieve their desired results and try to make healthy choices. However, there are occasions when seemingly solid oral care options can actually be damaging. Follow the points outlined above to make sure that you are brushing correctly, using the right toothbrush, and making the best choice for removing food from teeth. These small changes can add up to a very big, positive impact on your smile.
If you are located in the Thibodaux area and want to keep your smile as healthy as possible, contact the office of Dr. Ber for an examination. As a dentist who practices cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Ber cannot only help you keep your teeth healthy but beautiful as well. To request your appointment, click here, or call us directly at (985) 446-5031.