We all brush our teeth at least once or twice a day. In fact, brushing your teeth only in the morning and at night is far from enough for a perfect smile.
We found 6 top mistakes we made when brushing our teeth. We also include solutions to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.
6. We Don’t Pay Attention To The Food We Eat
We all know that eating too much candy can cause tooth decay. However, to keep our teeth healthy, we need to eat foods that contain calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride. Here are some tips.
Foods containing calcium:
- dairy products
- fruit and vegetable peels
Foods containing phosphorus:
Normally we receive the necessary daily dose of fluoride with water.
However, if you live in a region where the water has a low concentration of fluoride, you should eat more foods that contain fluoride, such as milk, salt, etc.
5. We Don’t Use Additional Tooth-cleaning Devices
No matter how hard the hair on the toothbrush is, they still cannot completely remove dental deposits. That is why it is important to clean the spaces between the teeth with dental floss.
If the gaps are quite wide, you can use an interdental brush. To kill bacteria, rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
You can also get an oral irrigator. It’s like a tooth and gum shower that you can use after every brushing.
A fine stream of water and interchangeable nozzles can clean your tongue and the spaces between your teeth and massage your gums.
4. We Don’t Take Care Of Our Gums
If your gums are weak and you don’t have a large enough blood supply, this can lead to periodontitis.
With this disease, the gums bleed, become inflamed and soft, exposing the necks of the teeth. And you could possibly lose your teeth.
To strengthen your gums, you should massage with the toothbrush or your finger in a circular motion. Eat solid foods and chew them well. You can also rinse your mouth with oak bark or sage teas or with a salt solution.
If your gums tend to bleed, visit a dental hygienist. He or she will prescribe specific medications to strengthen the gums.
3. We Don’t Get Our Tooth Tartar Removed
Dental tartar is the hardened product of saliva, minerals, and food that accumulates in plaque around the teeth. It is yellowish-brown in color and cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
Dental plaque and tartar cause periodontal disease, including inflammation of the bone around the teeth. Tartar can become rock hard and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist with special tools.
Carry out a hygienic cleaning at least once a year. Your dentist can advise you on the appropriate frequency for the condition of your teeth.
2. We Think We Are Too Old For Dental Braces
Many people think that they can only straighten their teeth during adolescence. When they are adults, they think it is too late to wear dental braces.
But that is the wrong conclusion. A beautiful smile is not even the main reason for treatment. If you have problems with stuck teeth, it can cause cavities and decay.
If you are embarrassed to wear ordinary braces, you can always choose invisible lingual braces, which are placed on the back of your teeth. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an orthodontist.
1. We Don’t Teach Our Children To Take Care Of Their Teeth Properly
Some parents feel that proper care for baby teeth is not necessary because they are temporary. But the child must know what is right and what is wrong, because the teeth will change, but the habit will remain.
The brushing process should take at least 3 minutes and the brush should move up and down.
The enamel on children’s permanent teeth is not as strong as that on adult teeth. And the grooves (cracks) in the grinding teeth are deeper, so the food particles are not as easy to clean.
Teach your child to brush their teeth carefully. The crack sealing procedure (a specific dental treatment to prevent cavities) may be worth doing.
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