Avoid These Bad Oral Health Habits

While you may know that avoiding things like chewing on ice or opening bottles with your teeth, you may not be aware of some other habits that could ultimately be harming your oral health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, here are five habits that destroy your smile.

5 Bad Oral Health Habits to Fix

Not Flossing – We know you know that you should floss daily, but are you? Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that gets stuck between your teeth. Don’t be discouraged by bleeding or irritation if you’re starting back up after not flossing for a while. Your gums will tighten up and your oral health will be better for  it. 

Brushing too soon after eating – Consuming any foods or drinks with high levels of acid and then brushing your teeth afterward is a strict no-no. Brushing your teeth too soon after eating and drinking these items can cause more damage because you are just spreading the acid around on your tooth’s enamel, not getting rid of it. Instead, rinse your mouth with water right after consuming acidic foods or drinks and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

Not replacing your toothbrush often enough – Toothbrushes should be changed every 3 to 4 months, or after you’ve had a cold. Old toothbrushes aren’t as effective, and can also harbor bacteria that can cause infections.

Excessively bleaching your teeth – Extensive bleaching can cause your teeth to look unnaturally white and increase tooth sensitivity. Before using an at-home bleaching product, talk to your dentist in Cumming, GA. He or she will be able to advise you on proper use as well as suggest the system for best results.

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush – A hard-bristled toothbrush coupled with aggressive brushing can cause irreversible damage to your gums. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and gently brush at a 45-degree angle in a circular motion, avoiding and back-and-forth sawing motion, which causes gums to recede.

At Jordan Dentistry, your oral health is is very important to us. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Cumming, GA  regarding any of your dental questions or concerns.

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