Dental Hygiene Mistakes that Can Harm Your Oral Health
Posted on 2/20/2023 by Platte Valley Dental Care
Developing good dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing daily, can help you improve your oral health. Sadly, many people make dental hygiene mistakes that undercut all their hard work. Therefore, educating yourself on these mistakes is important to avoid them. Here are common dental hygiene mistakes that can harm your oral health:
Brushing Immediately After Eating
One of the most common dental hygiene tips is to brush your teeth after every meal. So, it makes sense to brush your teeth immediately after eating. The idea is to remove all food particles to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.
However, when you eat food, the enamel layer of your teeth softens. So, you increase the risk of damaging the softened enamel when you brush immediately after eating. Wait for at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth.
Not Using Fluoride Toothpaste
Most people need to check the ingredients when buying oral care products. They assume that all these products have all the necessary ingredients, such as fluoride, yet this is only sometimes the case. It will help if you have fluoride to strengthen your teeth and prevent damage. Therefore, when shopping for dental products, always check the label to ensure they have fluoride.
Not Drinking Water Regularly
Not drinking water frequently can negatively affect your oral hygiene. It can cause a dry mouth promoting bacteria growth.
To improve oral hygiene, increase your water intake. Drinking water regularly will help remove food particles from your mouth and prevent bacterial growth.
Skipping Dental Checkups
You might feel there's no need to visit a dentist when you're not experiencing any dental problems. Ignoring dental checkups can significantly harm your oral health. You need checkups to detect dental problems such as tooth decay at an early stage.
Besides, seeing a dentist is necessary to learn more about how to improve dental hygiene. Talk to our dentists today to learn more about dental hygiene mistakes and how to avoid them.
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Dental Blog | Platte Valley Dental Care | Platte City Dentist Staci Blaha, DDS and Trent Blaha, DDS have created this informative blog to help educate the community of Platte City, MO Did you like a topic? Please contact us today! Platte Valley Dental Care, 1316 Plaza Court, Platte City, MO 64079-7628 • (816)858-2027 • pvdentalcare.com • 5/22/2023 • Tags: dentist •