Brushing your teeth should be a seemingly simple part of your daily routine. But, if while you are brushing you are doing any of these things then you could be causing more harm to your teeth than help.
1. Multitasking while brushing
Are you one of those people who check their emails while brushing or scrolls through their social media pages while brushing? If so, you could be messing with your teeth. If you are distracted while brushing then you are more likely to miss many of the surfaces that you need to hit while brushing. Skipping flossing means that you miss up to 40% of the surface of your teeth, and pair that with distracted brushing and you may miss most of the surfaces you need to get while brushing.
2. Avoiding x-rays
If every time you go to the dentist you manage to finagle your way out of x-rays then you are doing a disservice to your teeth. Some people are skipping x-rays because they fear that the radiation could cause cancer. The American Cancer Society has noted that dental x-rays do not necessarily cause tumors. In fact, dental x-rays are needed for comprehensive oral health. They can detect man things that are undetectable on a visual exam.
3. Storing your wet toothbrush
If you travel a lot then you might be guilty of this. Storing your wet toothbrush in a travel case allows more bacteria to grow. Make sure that your toothbrush dries before storing it for travel.
4. Reaching for the wrong mouth rinse
Make sure that your mouthwash is doing all it can for your mouth. Pick up a rinse that does more than freshen your breath. Choose a rinse that contains fluoride, helps reduce gingivitis, cavities, and plaque for better oral health.
Don’t make these oral health mistakes.
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Dental Partners of Brookline
June 1, 2018
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