The 7 worst oral hygiene mistakes you need to avoid

Most people are taught tooth brushing basics by their parents whilst they are young. But sometimes people are given brushing advice that negatively affects their teeth and the brushing habit. This continued over many years can lead to dental problems. Here are 7 of the worst oral hygiene mistakes that should be avoided.

Using the same toothbrush for years

Using a toothbrush for a long period of time causes the bristles to become stiff, worn or frayed and less effective. Change your toothbrush at least every three months or sooner if it shows signs of wear, to keep your brushing effective.

Brushing too hard

Go easy on your pearly whites. As long as your toothbrush is making contact with your teeth there’s no need to add forceful pressure. Excessive pressure can wear down your tooth enamel and cause receding gums.

Using a hard toothbrush

Using a medium or hard toothbrush can cause tooth abrasion and gum recession. A soft toothbrush gently cleans whilst ensuring that no damage is done during the brushing process.

Skipping the floss

Brushing can’t reach all areas of your teeth. Debris within cracks and crevices as well as plaque build-up near the gum line can be missed with brushing alone. Daily flossing ensures that any remaining debris will be removed, leaving the teeth plaque free.

Forgetting your tongue

Brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks. These areas harbor bacteria that can contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

Not rinsing after eating

Always rinse your mouth with water after eating to dislodge remaining food particles from on and between your teeth. Rinsing also reduces the acidity left after food consumption. Remaining acidity can lead to bacterial growth or acid wear.

Brushing right after eating

Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel and brushing immediately after food can cause enamel to weaken further. Give your saliva time to neutralise the acid before brushing your teeth.

Remember to visit your dentist for check-ups and teeth cleaning twice a year. Regular cleaning will remove plaque build-up so that you can avoid gum disease. Visiting your dentist is an important step in maintaining good oral hygiene so call us to make a dental appointment today.