Posted April 8, 2016
You want to keep your teeth healthy, but it’s easy to make mistakes with your dental health that you may later regret.
Review six of 20 common dental errors:
- Storing toothbrushes – Use a soft-bristled brush to thoroughly clean your teeth, gums and tongue. Rinse the brush with cool water and stand it upright in a container to air dry. If other toothbrushes are stored in the container, they shouldn’t touch to avoid spreading germs. When traveling, make sure your toothbrush is dry before storing.
- Lip and tongue piercings – Research shows the risk of dental problems from tongue and lip piercings increases with time. Oral tissues may become raw from rubbing against the piercing, or teeth may be chipped or fractured if a piercing is accidentally bitten.
- Hurried brushing – In the rush to get out the door in the morning, you may give your pearly whites a quick brush. However, dentists say it’s important to brush your teeth at least two solid minutes twice a day to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and gums for better dental health.
- Teeth grinding – Clenching or grinding your teeth can cause chipped or worn teeth, headaches and jaw pain. If you have these symptoms, talk with your dentist about treatment. A fitted mouth guard may be recommended to prevent further damage.
- Skipping the dentist – Schedule regular dental appointments once or twice a year, or as recommended by your dentist. If you have concerns about the radiation that comes with traditional X-rays, ask about new digital X-ray technology.
- Not rinsing – After eating meals or drinking sugary beverages, swish water over your teeth and gums to remove sugars, acids and food particles. This helps prevent tooth decay. Then gently brush and floss when you get home.
Read about five mistakes to avoid with toothbrushing.