A good oral care regime starts at home. Everyone follows a general oral care routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and cleaning tongue are customary habits that we develop since childhood. Other than this, it also requires regular dentist visits to keep your tooth in good shape. In spite of all this, there are some significant mistakes that we make when taking care of our teeth. Here are nine such mistakes.
1. Too Old For Braces
You can go for the straightening of your teeth at any age. Adults can make use of the orthodontic treatment at any stage of their life. Age is not a determining factor, but the type of orthodontic problem and your periodontal health determines the treatment. If you have healthy gum and bone, then you can go ahead for braces. Almost 75% of adults suffer from malocclusion and crooked teeth, which causes bone and gum loss, early wear on tooth enamel, tooth decay, TMJ/TMD pain, and headaches. However, before undergoing the treatment, let your dentist know about any medication you are taking, or if you have a heart valve disease. Braces help you with restoring a healthy bite. It also helps in realigning your crooked teeth, which boosts your confidence level too.
2. Not paying attention to the food you eat
We all know that overeating sugar and sugary foods are harmful to your teeth. It leads to cavities, tooth decay, and chipped teeth. But only a few know how it damages your teeth and works towards reducing its intake. There are numerous bacteria in our mouth, some are beneficial, and some are harmful. According to studies, the harmful bacteria in our mouth create acid by feeding on the sugary items your intake. It damages the outer layer of the tooth, which is the enamel. To protect your tooth enamel, you must eat food that is rich in phosphorus, fluorine, and calcium. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, beans, fish, and cereals are good sources of these minerals. You can protect the cavity-attacked primary teeth of kids with the help of a pediatric crowns kit that will preserve the tooth shape without affecting the adjacent teeth.
3. Not Taking Care of your Gums
The tissues that hold your teeth are the gums. Inadequate brushing and flossing cause infection to these tissues called periodontal (gum) disease. Your gums become weak, and you will have a deficient blood supply. In severe cases, gum disease can lead to painful chewing difficulty, bad breath, tooth loss, sensitive teeth, and bleeding gums. Your gums become inflamed, soft, and lead to loss of teeth. Make your gums healthy by gently massaging them using your finger or toothbrush using circular moves. You can also use sage tea or oak bark with a salt solution to rinse your mouth.
4. Not Getting Dental Calculus Removed
Teeth tartar or dental calculus is the hardened product deposit on the teeth that trap stains and induce discoloration. The deposit is the product of minerals from foods and saliva that make the plaque on the teeth. It cannot be removed with a toothbrush and requires help from a dental professional. In many people, these build up faster as they age. It makes the removal of new bacteria and plaque very difficult. It causes inflammation of the bone that surrounds the teeth and causes periodontal disease.
5. Pressing the Toothbrush Too Hard
Brushing your teeth is an easy task. Most people push the brush on their teeth a little hard and for a short duration. It becomes a habit over the years and becomes an obstacle for thorough cleaning of teeth. You don’t even check if your teeth surfaces are adequately cleaned or not. It leads to neglect of the same area of teeth every day. The hairs of the toothbrush bend when you press it too hard, and thus it doesn’t eliminate the tooth deposits. It leads to gum damage, which eventually turns to gum diseases.
6. Using Only One Side Of The Mouth for Chewing
Many people prefer one side of their mouth for chewing. When we place food in the mouth, the tongue puts it either on the right side or the left side for eating. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) on the right and left side support and guide the mouth for chewing. According to studies, the TMJ of the side, opposite to which the food is there, suffers the most stress. For example, if you eat food on the right side, then the left side TMJ is under the most pressure. It can lead to decay and cavities on that side of the mouth.
7. Not Using Additional Tooth-Cleaning Devices
No matter how durable your toothbrush bristles are, they cannot eradicate all tooth deposits. That’s why it is equally important to clean between the teeth using a string of dental floss. In case you have wide gaps between the teeth, then use an interdental brush to clean. To further destroy the bacteria in the mouth, you can use a mouthwash to rinse your mouth. It is again one of the many mistakes many make.
8. Using social media as your dentist
Nowadays, you can find anything on the internet from DIY dental tips to treatments at home. It is a huge mistake people make. Not all the DIY tips work, and many can worsen the already existing problem. Use only ADA-approved products for the cleaning of your teeth.
9. Ditching your retainer
Whether as an adult or teen, if you ever had braces, then continue wearing your retainer as long as your dentist recommends. Many people make the mistake of wearing a retainer for a few days and leaving it. Braces straighten your teeth, and if you do not continue wearing a retainer, your teeth will shift places. Wearing a retainer will hold the teeth at their place, and you will be happy with the results. Remember to keep the retainer clean, as wearing an unclean retainer can also invite bacteria.
The above are the nine significant mistakes that people make. Avoid them to maintain healthy teeth and gums. As adults, teach your kids the right way of brushing and flossing. The earlier you start following a good dental habit, the easier it would be to follow later in life. It will also help them in reducing their anxiety towards dental appointments.