Are you taking good care of your teeth? With the hectic pace of modern life, it can be tough to find time for the small things, like proper dental hygiene. Find out how many of these common oral care mistakes you might be making.
Brushing Your Teeth the Wrong Way
Too often, people brush their teeth from side to side, with a horizontal motion. However, this action typically doesn’t loosen the bacteria and buildup near the gum line. To efficiently clean your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush from the gumline towards the edge of the tooth. So if you’re brushing the top teeth, brush from the gumline down. If you’re brushing the bottom teeth, do several repetitive vertical strokes, brushing from the gumline up.
Never Changing Your Toothbrush
When did you last switch out your old toothbrush with a new one? If it’s been longer than three months, you’re due for a fresh toothbrush. Keeping the same toothbrush for too long allows bacteria to build up, and the toothbrush keeps re-introducing that bacteria into your mouth. Change out your toothbrush after every trip to your Singapore dentist for a cleaning. You should also swap it for a new one if you have been sick recently, or the bacteria will continue to breed and could make you sick again.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
Did you know that you can actually brush away your gums? Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen overnight; but if you consistently brush your teeth and gums too hard, you will eventually wear away some of your gumline, causing recession. Brushing too enthusiastically can also cause bleeding of the gums and may wear down the tooth enamel. Put gentle pressure on the toothbrush and use brushes with softer bristles.
Never Flossing Your Teeth
Your toothbrush can reach most of the spaces in your mouth, but not all of them. To dislodge food particles, bacteria, and buildup from between your teeth, you really should be flossing regularly. If you don’t, you may develop gum irritation or disease, and you will become more prone to cavities. Brush your teeth first, then floss, then rinse.
Forgetting to Brushing Your Teeth Before Bed
You know you should brush your teeth in the morning to get rid of that bad morning breath; but do you brush your teeth every night as well? If you skip the nighttime brush, all the sugars and food particles and bacteria that have accumulated in your mouth during the day will just sit there overnight, eating away at your teeth. It’s very important to brush all that junk away before you go to bed.
If you have noticed signs of gum inflammation or recession, tooth pain, or buildup that you can’t remove with your regular cleaning routine, make an appointment at Orchard Scotts Dental. Besides specialising in Invisalign treatment we will also evaluate your situation and coach you on the best ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy.