5 Things You Do That are Probably Bad for Your Dental Health

Woman with clean teeth holding a tooth brushEvery person is probably guilty of doing or not doing something that puts their dental health at risk. Check if you’re guilty of doing the items on this list.

Brushing more than three times a day. The last thing you should do before going to bed at night is to brush your teeth. Brush them once more the following day. It is safe to brush up to three times a day. Beyond that, your enamel and gums are probably already suffering from abrasion.

Brushing immediately after coffee. Coffee is known to leave stains on teeth, so some people solve the problem by brushing immediately after drinking coffee. Coffee and many other drinks and foods are acidic, which means your enamel needs time to recover and ‘remineralise.’ Brushing immediately may wear down your enamel. Gargle with water after having coffee, then wait at least 30 minutes if you have to brush your teeth.

Using whitening gels and trays too often. Visit your dentist for professional whitening only once a year. Be careful when using store-bought gels and trays; they may not be safe or effective. Whitening your teeth too much or too often can eventually make them darker, which is the opposite of what you wanted in the first place.

Ignoring crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can affect your dental health, as they are not only unsightly but harder to clean. Crooked teeth make plaque formation easier. If you don’t like the look of traditional braces, check how much Invisalign braces cost instead. They are a lot less obvious; you can remove them when you eat or when you clean your teeth and the treatment time is usually shorter than traditional braces.

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Thinking an electric toothbrush is not better than a manual toothbrush. Recent studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes for removing plaque. They can also reach the back teeth more easily than a manual toothbrush. For people with arthritis, an electric toothbrush is indispensable. Kids are usually easier to convince to brush their teeth if they have an electric toothbrush.

Are you guilty of doing any or all of these things? It’s not too late to change.