Tooth decay can affect you at any age. Tooth decay is harmful not just because it is a painful condition that can destroy your teeth but also because it can lead to other health complications like gingivitis and sepsis and other types of infections and inflammation. This is why we take care of our teeth every day. But just brushing your teeth every day is not enough. You could be committing these common dental mistakes:
Brushing back and forth: This will damage the lining between and above your teeth and gums. Use gentle, circular strokes to get your teeth clean. For your front teeth, you could brush up and down. Also, don’t press the bristles too hard on your teeth.
Brushing your teeth for too long: Contrary to what you might think, brushing very hard and for a long time is not going to give you bright, white and shiny teeth. This will only erode your tooth enamel and possibly cause bleeding too. When the skin around your teeth is injured because of the hard brushing, it will expose it to infections. The idea is to be gentle on your teeth and gums while ensuring that every tooth is coated and cleaned with your toothpaste. Do not brush for more than 5 minutes.
Brushing immediately after eating food: You might think that brushing your teeth immediately after meals will clean out the bacteria and keep your teeth cavity-free. The problem is when you eat acidic food it weakens your tooth enamel and when you brush immediately after that, it can erode the enamel. When you do this regularly, it can weaken your tooth and make it decay and fall or get chipped easily. However, it is always a good idea to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after you eat sugary foods to avoid tooth decay.
Delaying visit to your dentist: Regular dental check-ups can detect tooth decay and other problems early. This can nip the problems in the bud before they get bigger. If you experience any pain or discomfort, it is better to get it checked ASAP to avoid complications. Visit your dentist every 6 months and schedule regular scaling and cleanups.
Using a toothbrush for more than 3 months: How much damage can an old toothbrush do to your teeth? A lot! An old toothbrush with frayed bristles is not just ineffective in cleaning your teeth it can also hurt and damage your tooth enamel. Get a new toothbrush every 3 months or when you notice that the bristles have frayed.