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The Dental Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them

Are You Doing All You Can to Preserve Your Oral Health?

You know that you’re supposed to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist, but does it really matter if you don’t do those things as often as you should?

The mistakes you could be making and the things you don’t do are preventing you from having the healthy mouth you’ve been striving for.

You’re Not Brushing Properly

Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to brush your teeth, and you may be doing it without knowing.

You need to spend at least two minutes brushing. A quick 30 second swipe isn’t going to do anything to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. When you brush is also important: brushing right after eating can actually do more harm than good.

When you eat, the enamel on your teeth becomes softened. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating can damage the enamel while it’s in a vulnerable state. Wait at least 30-60 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth to avoid doing any permanent damage.

You Skip Flossing

This is one step you definitely do not want to miss.

Brushing on its own only cleans roughly 70% of the surface of your teeth. This leaves the cracks and crevices between your teeth uncleaned. When you go in with floss, there is no space left untouched, meaning your teeth should be close to 100% clean.

And, no, using mouthwash is not the same as flossing. Mouthwash is meant to be an addition to your routine, not a replacement for any of the crucial steps.

You Don’t Stay Hydrated

Drinking water has more benefits than contributing to healthy skin. It can also go a long way in giving you healthy teeth.

Most tap water contains fluoride, which is considered “nature’s cavity fighter.” This mineral works to strengthen your teeth, prevent cavities, and wash away any leftover food particles that cavity-causing bacteria love to feast on. Drinking water dilutes the acids created by the bacteria.

If your mouth is dry, you’re more likely to experience tooth decay. Drinking water can help with your dry mouth. Since saliva is 99% water, drinking more of it will ensure that you’re producing saliva at an optimal rate, which is important for washing away leftover food, ensuring you swallow properly, and keeping your teeth strong with chemicals like calcium, phosphate, and fluoride.

You Don’t Go to the Dentist Regularly

You have a busy schedule, so maybe visiting the dentist gets placed on the back burner regularly. But continuing to skip these important appointments can cost you more time and more money in the long run.

Since everyone’s needs are different, there isn’t a hard and fast rule that determines how often you should visit the dentist. The best thing to do is meet with your dentist for an in-depth exam and evaluation so they can work with you to determine the best course of action to get your oral health where it needs to be.

If you’re looking for a dentist who will work with you to get your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, book an appointment with Dr. Andrea Stevens. She and her team have the experience, the knowledge, and the passion to help ensure you have a smile you can rely on.

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