Common Oral Health Mistakes to Avoid

An individual’s smile can reveal a lot about a person. In fact, there have been many studies that have shown that a smile is the most memorable aspect of a person’s facial features. Here at Dental Smiles at Johns Creek, we know that nothing can replace the feeling of being confident with your smile. That’s why we offer a variety of services that can best address your specific oral health case. Services ranging from dental implants to teeth whitening are available for our patients here in Alpharetta, GA.  Although these services can be helpful for many of our patients, we always recommend following preventative steps to avoid developing oral health problems to begin with. Unfortunately, there are plenty of harmful things you can do to your smile that you might not be aware of. These everyday oral health mistakes can quickly add up and mean serious trouble for your pearly whites. Want to know some of the most common mistakes most of us make when it comes to oral health? Dr. Devang Shah gives his readers a brief look at what mistakes you should avoid in order to maintain excellent oral health.

Could You be Harming Your Smile?

Many of these mistakes can continue on for years without individuals realizing that it is harming their oral health. Then by the time they realize that these simple habits are harmful, their teeth and gums have endured quite a bit of damage. Here’s a look at some harmful mistakes you could be doing to your smile.

Five Common Oral Health Mistakes

  1. Brushing Too Hard: More isn’t always better and the same can be said when it comes to the amount of pressure you use while brushing your teeth. Many times overzealous brushers may want to remove all of the plaque buildup on their teeth with harsh brushing, and as a result, they end up causing just as much damage that would occur from leaving plaque on their teeth. Brushing your teeth too vigorously can result in scraping away at tooth enamel and even gum recession. If you’re unsure about the amount of pressure to use while brushing, we recommend looking into using an electric toothbrush. That spinning bristle heads will do most of the work for you instead of you forcefully brushing away at your oral health.
  2. Believing That Brushing Is More Important Than Flossing: Contrary to this thought, some dentists even argue that flossing is more important than brushing. We always recommend that doing both is best for optimal oral health. Instead of picking either brushing or flossing, make both a priority because they are both necessary to remove all of the harmful bacteria and plaque in your mouth. Flossing can especially be overlooked, but it is absolutely crucial for getting the hard-to-reach plaque that can accumulate in between teeth and underneath the gum line. Flossing regularly will help you avoid gum disease, bad breath, and it can even make your teeth look whiter.
  3. Not Visiting The Dentist For Checkups: It’s a sad truth that many patients won’t make an appointment until they can visually see a problem or feel the excruciating pain of a toothache. Take control of your oral health and make sure to go to the dentist every six months. By going to the dentist twice a year, you’ll allow for your dentist to spot any early signs of oral health problems. On the plus side, you’ll also end up saving money by going regularly. In the end, filling a small cavity is far less costly than letting it progress to the point of needing a root canal.
  4. Using a Worn Out Toothbrush: When was the last time you changed out your toothbrush or brush head for your electric toothbrush? If you can’t remember, chances are you’re way overdue for a new one. It’s recommended that you change out your toothbrush every three months. An easy way to remember this is by changing out your toothbrush at the start of each season. If you continue to use an old toothbrush, worn out bristles will stop removing plaque as efficiently.
  5. Drinking Soda: It goes without saying that soda is bad for health in general. The high amount of sugar in the beverage is obviously not kind to our waistlines, but it’s just at destructive for our teeth. The high sugar content allows for bacteria to feed on it, creating an acidic substance that wears away at tooth enamel, the outer layer protecting our teeth. On top of this, the beverage itself is also acidic, which will cause even more damage for your teeth. The bottom line? Try to cut out soda or, at least, limit the amount of soda you drink.

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If you’ve been making any of these common mistakes, there’s a chance you could have damaged your oral health. Here at Dental Smiles at John’s Creek, we have a number of services that can address whatever your oral health problems may be. For more information, we encourage you to explore this website or contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah.

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