The Most Common Bad Dental Habits
In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is essential to make proper dental care practices part of your daily routine. General consensus is that brushing your teeth twice a day is enough, however there is much more required to maintain a picture perfect smile. Although restorative dentistry treatment may help get your oral health back on track, prevention is always better than cure.
A lack of knowledge can result in several bad dental habits from occurring. Some of the most common bad dental habits include:
Not flossing is most likely the number one most common bad dental habit. Although recent news reports have questioned the importance of flossing, it is plays an important role in maintaining gum health, reducing plaque and tartar build-up along the gum line, and preventing decay between the teeth. According to dental experts, it can almost be said with certainty not flossing will substantially jeopardize your oral health. Floss at least once a day along the side of each tooth.
Not brushing long enough
It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes a day. Failure to do so may result in tooth decay and gum disease as bacteria and plaque may be left behind.
Not exercising proper brushing technique
Believe it or not, the way you brush is just as important as how regularly you brush your teeth. Although you may diligently brush twice a day, it may not be effective if you are not using proper brushing techniques. Holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brushing using short strokes will also clean the gum line and your back teeth.
Not using the incorrect toothbrush
Use a toothbrush that fits comfortably within your mouth, which will allow you to reach all areas of your mouth. Bristles are also important. Soft bristles may be too soft and ineffective, where as hard bristles may damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. A bristle that feels comfortable along your gums and tongue, and that also leaves your teeth feeling clean is the correct choice. Also, don’t forget to change your toothbrush at least once every three months.
Brushing too hard or too much
Excessive brushing can actually damage your teeth by wearing down the outer protective layer. Once your tooth enamel wears away, you can’t get it back. Consequently, your tooth will be more vulnerable to sensitivity and tooth decay.
Not brushing your teeth
Not brushing your teeth at all is probably the most unhygienic and the worst bad habit when it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums.
Skipping dental cleanings and check ups
For a myriad of reasons, it’s become quite common for people to miss dental check-ups and cleanings. Not visiting your dentists’ office on a regular basis can result in major dental health issues like tooth loss, tooth decay and gum disease. It is recommended to see you dentist once very six months in order to detect oral health issues early and maintain a health smile.
If you have missed your check-ups and dental cleans, schedule an appointment with Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky, DDS and Dr. Inna Trogan DDS. Our dentists have served the residents of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, and all of our other surrounding communities for years.
Our offices are located in the heart of beautiful Brooklyn Heights at 100 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn, NY 11201