Taking care of your teeth is not as complicated as it seems. In fact, it is so simple that you can do it as part of your routine. Brushing your teeth, flossing, going to the dentists are just some of the measures that you do in order to preserve your oral health. However, there are also several things that you are doing regularly that can damage your teeth. These activities may seem unharmful but in a long run can do serious damage. These are some them!
1) Multitasking while you are brushing your teeth
In this fast-paced world, we tend to be used to handling several things at once. Even when brushing our teeth, we are used to multitasking just so we can get more things done. This is a huge mistake. While brushing your teeth, you need to focus in making sure that every inch of your teeth and your tongue are brushed well. Improper brushing is as bad as not brushing at all.
2) Overcleaning your toothbrush
Yes, you've read that right! While cleaning your toothbrush is essential to remove all the bacteria, overcleaning it may somehow be harmful. The drastic measures that some people do to make sure their toothbrushes are clean will possibly damage the bristles and the toothbrush will fail to serve its purpose.
3) Using the internet as your dentist
Because of the availability of information in the internet, people are now relying on it to solve their problems, including dental problems. A lot of people who have dental issues are consulting the internet or social media rather than going to the dentist. This will pose a lot of problems considering that DIY home remedies that are being shared in social media or the internet are not appropriate for everyone. It may also make you think that you have a less serious dental issue than the actual problem.
4) Having a tongue or lip piercing
While having a tongue or lip piercing may seem like a cool thing to do, it is dangerous for your teeth. Several patients have come in dental clinics because their tongue or lip piercing chipped their tooth or injured their gums. Self-expression is good but when it will potentially damage your teeth, dentists will advise against it.
We all know that smoking is generally bad for your health but what we have failed to talk about is the effect of smoking to your dental health. Smoking not only stains your teeth but it is also is a major risk factor of oral cancers and gum diseases. So the next time you light up that cigarette, think of your teeth!
6) Not drinking enough water
Doctors can't stress enough how important water is, but did you know that drinking water also helps ensure having healthy teeth? Not only does it hydrate you, provide enough lubrication, and help increase saliva production, it helps strengthen your teeth, especially for countries that fluoridate their water. DRINK YOUR WATER!
7) Not getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D
Minerals and vitamins like Calcium and Vitamin D are the building blocks that help strengthen your teeth. Not getting enough of these will make your teeth brittle and more prone to cracks and chips. Drinking milk and getting enough sunlight are the key to getting strong teeth that will last till old age.
8) Too much acid
Acid erodes the enamel in the teeth. Drinking too much orange or lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and other acidic drinks will eventually take a toll on your teeth. It is best that after drinking these, rinse your mouth to neutralize the acidic effects before brushing your teeth. This is to protect the enamel from further eroding.
9) Using the wrong toothbrush
Aside from the design and the colors, all toothbrushes basically looks the same. However, you may not have noticed but there are different kinds of toothbrushes that you can choose from. There are soft, medium, and hard bristles. Each kind is intended for a specific type of teeth. For example, soft bristles are mostly intended for those who have sensitive teeth. Be sure to choose the toothbrush that is appropriate for you.
10) Not visiting the dentist regularly
Visits to the dentists can be scary and can be very expensive. This is the reason why a lot of people are not visiting their dentists regularly. Some people feel like the only time they need to go to the dentist is when they feel something wrong with their teeth like having a toothache. Dentists are experts that can see problems even if we don't. It is best to visit your dentists at least once a year.
These are just some of the mistakes that we do that can be very harmful to our teeth. Make sure to avoid it so that you can be proud with your smile.