Oral hygiene is important not just for helping to keep your teeth white and breath fresh, it's also essential to preventing serious gum and tooth issues, such as cavities. Not to mention that poor oral health is linked to an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. However, just because you brush regularly doesn't mean that you have good oral hygiene. The following are some of the common oral hygiene mistakes you should correct to help ensure good oral health:
• Brushing too fast - A quick 20 second brush doesn't count. You should spend at least two minutes twice a day brushing your teeth. Avoid scrubbing too quickly and too hard as this can damage the enamel of your teeth as well as your gums. Brush slow and gently.
• Not flossing - Some people think that they have good oral hygiene because they brush their teeth every day, twice a day. However, they may not be flossing nearly as often. Flossing helps to remove the bacteria that hides between your teeth and gums. You should floss at least once a day and take some time doing so. Floss around the curve of each tooth down to the gumline. Doing so can help reduce the risk of tooth loss and periodontal disease.
• Not using the right brush - There are many different types of toothbrushes out there. Avoid buying harder brushes. A soft toothbrush is much more effective. And we highly recommend a chargeable, power brush with a timer and a sensor. We would be happy to guide you if you have questions as to the type to purchase.
• Not drinking enough water - Believe it or not, but drinking water has a big impact on your oral health. By staying hydrated, you help to avoid dry mouth, which can result in the growth of bacteria and fungi, both of which can cause tooth decay, not to mention bad breath.
• Not brushing the tongue - A lot of bacteria collects on the tongue that can transfer to your teeth and gums. When you brush your teeth, make sure to gently brush your tongue as well.
• Not rinsing after brushing and flossing - When you brush and floss, you dislodge a lot of food particles and bacteria. This needs to be rinsed out or else it will stay in your moth, where it will just transfer back to your teeth and gums.
Avoid making these oral hygiene mistakes and contact us at our family dentistry in Waterloo for additional advice concerning oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment with one of our Waterloo Smiles dentists today.