Five oral hygiene mistakes you may be doing
In a world where appearance is everything, having a good smile is the key! Many of us know how to brush twice a day and stay away from sugar but are you sure you’ve thought of everything?
Read below to understand how to maintain great oral hygiene without spending too much time and money!
- Spit Don’t Rinse
- Keeping brush near the Toilet seat
- Sharing is a no-go
- Brushing right after the meal is not good
- There is such a thing as brushing too much!
Fluoride is very good for your teeth. You’re likely to find it in most of the toothpaste on the shelf at your local supermarket. To give your teeth the best chance of staying pearly white, you don’t want to lose the full benefit of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. So, after you’ve finished brushing, spit out the excess and then do not rinse. Let the fluoride work it’s magic after you’ve finished brushing!
This is something you might not think of too much, but where you keep your toothbrush when you aren’t using it is very important. If you keep your brush a little to close to your toilet, every time someone flushes, some of the sprays will fly out the toilet and may land on your toothbrush. Now we aren’t saying that you’ve been brushing your teeth with bad bacteria for years, but we’d recommend moving your brush a safe distance away. Just to be on the safe side.
It doesn’t matter how close you are, or if you’re related if you want your oral health routine to be air-tight, you should be the only person who uses your toothbrush. No exceptions. Not just because you can get colds and blood-borne diseases from people you share your brush with but also because you could be sharing your germs with others! Nobody is perfect, keep your germs to yourself, just like your toothbrush.
Have you ever had a drink of something sugary or acidic right before bed and go to brush your teeth straight after you finish? You’d think it was a good idea, but you’d be wrong. Consuming anything even remotely bad for your teeth makes them weaker and if you brush straight away you could actually be brushing away fragments of your enamel. That can lead to toothache and increased sensitivity. Instead, give it an hour and then brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes the last thing at night. In the meantime, read a book, catch up on your favorite TV series or do those chores you’ve been putting off all week!
The enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in your body – but it isn’t indestructible. Again, it might sound like a good idea to brush hard to provide the most thorough clean but being tough on your teeth can do more harm than good. By all means, be firm with your teeth and make sure you clean every tooth but there is no need to go crazy, whether that means brushing too hard or for too long.
There’s a lot more to your oral health than you might think. Hopefully, you’ve gained a new perspective on how you can improve your dental hygiene at home, whether that be closing the lid of the toilet more often or deciding to buy a new toothbrush for your significant other.
- Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Its important break the dental myths otherwise people will continue to harm their teeth”.
- Dr. Priyanka Shinghore Dental director Sabka dentist says “Maintaining oral hygiene is important but one should also keep in mind that it’s not good overdoing”.
- Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director of Sabka Dentist says “8 people among 10 unknowingly follow wrong methods of hygiene habits. If they continue doing this it would harm them in the near future”.
- World of Health Magzine- Oral Health Foundation
- 8 Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2019- American Dental Association
- Toothbrushing Mistakes You Make and How to Fix Them- WebMD
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