Understanding good oral health has changed over the last few years. Decades ago, flossing was unheard of, and children were taught to brush their teeth three times per day in an up-and-down motion. Toothpaste was made with the purpose of fighting cavities. Who ever heard of brushing their tongue? Massaging your gums?
Nowadays, there are two main concerns when it comes to your teeth:
- Whiteness: A white smile gives the appearance of healthy teeth and gums; however, that’s not necessarily the case. Many whitening products essentially bleach the teeth.
- Straightness: Braces are worn even by adults, now. Modern braces are hardly visible, yet effective in straightening teeth.
In the pursuit of the shiny straight smile, or due simply to misinformation, you could be making one or more of these dental mistakes:
Improper Brushing: Brush the tongue because it houses most of the germs which cause gum and tooth decay, as well as bad breath. Also massage gums to increase circulation and cleanse. You should use an antiseptic mouth rinse at least twice a day, for about one minute each time.
Improper Flossing: You should floss the front and back of each tooth by rubbing the string across the tooth.
Overusing Whiteners: There are several whitening products available that essentially bleach your teeth. If you read the directions on these products, you’ll find that they should not be used more than once every 3 or 4 months. This is because they damage the enamel on your teeth and also will damage your gums
Ignoring Gum Health: If you are concentrating your efforts for good oral health only on your teeth you are making a huge dental mistake. Think of your teeth as flowers. Your gums are the soil that either nourishes the teeth or poisons them. You must take care of your gums in order to have healthy teeth.
Taking Bad Things Into Your Mouth: Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums, and well the rest of your body too. It not only stains your teeth, it can infect your gums. Sugary foods and beverages can cause extensive tooth decay. Drinking fruit juice should be followed by either brushing or antiseptic mouthwash rinsing. The acids in juice (the darker the color of juice, the more of those acids) deteriorate the enamel of your teeth. Once the enamel is gone, you cannot get it back.
Are you making any of these dental problems? If so, you may be doing permanent damage to your mouth, and not even realize it until it’s too late. Good oral health is important to your overall health.