Everyone wants a Colgate, picture-perfect smile. However, most people don’t really take the right measures to achieve and maintain such a smile. There is more to the perfect smile than just brushing your teeth twice a day. Which brings us to the common dental mistakes people make that impacts their oral health.
Skip Regular Checkups
There is no way around it, if you want a healthy mouth, you need to visit your dentist once every six months. Like our general health, oral health is tricky and you can have a problem festering without any symptoms showing. For example, did you know that your dentist can diagnose sleep apnea? The condition is usually unknown to those suffering from it. But dentists can diagnose it by looking at the patient’s teeth. Teeth grinding is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea so the condition of your teeth can allow them to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea and need more tests for it.
If you skip out on your regular checkups you don’t just miss out on such diagnoses but your oral health also suffers. Your dentist can tell well before any issue should arise with your current oral condition. They tell you preventative measures to ensure you are safe from oral problems.
Taking too long to replace your toothbrush
When it comes to the toothbrush, you need to make sure you store it properly and change it when needed. Otherwise, it becomes a haven for bacteria. Leading to the introduction of more bacteria to your mouth each time you brush. Plus, as the bristles on the brush wear down, they can be less effective and cause more harm than good for your mouth. It is recommended that you change your brush every 3 to 4 months. Even sooner if you feel the need and notice the bristles wearing down.
Brushing with a lot of Force
Scrubbing hard with a toothbrush is more harmful than good for both your teeth and gums. The bristles on the brush can tears away at both. Which can lead to bleeding, irritation in the gum, and recession. The teeth enamel also starts to erode when you constantly brush with a lot of force. Which leads to the teeth becoming more sensitive and makes them more prone to cavities.
There is no denying the anxiety patients have when they know they have to get treatment. But delaying treatment only complicates the problem. It leads to no solution and allows the problem to fester and become more serious. If you are scared to go in for treatment due to fear, be sure to inform your dentist about it. They are trained practitioners that can help get rid of the fear or provide you with alternative solutions such as anesthesia options so you don’t have to be as fearful.
Another reason why patients delay treatment is due to the cost associated with it. This is also not smart due to the fact that as the problem becomes more serious, the solution becomes even more expensive. So it is important to get treatment for oral problems as soon as you can.
Most people think that brushing twice a day is enough to keep their teeth healthy. When it comes to oral care, there is more than just brushing. When you brush, the bristles manage to get most of the buildup from the surface of your teeth. However, the bristles don’t penetrate properly between your teeth and into the start of the gum lining.
Therefore, the bacteria and buildup in these area remains and starts to buildup into plaque. This can result in gum problems such as gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis, if not treated, or cavity and eventually tooth decay. Which is why flossing is important to clean between teeth and also parts of the gum.
Not replacing missing teeth
Missing teeth don’t just ruin your smile but can also lead to misalignment. Teeth rely on each other for alignment. When one is missing the others around it tend to realign to fill that void since they no longer have the support of the tooth to prevent them from moving into the gap. Dental implants are the ideal solution for missing teeth and should be considered as soon as possible when you experience a missing tooth. Dentures are another option.
Taking care of your oral health isn’t hard. You just need to make sure that along with your proper care, you avoid the mistakes mentioned above. In this way, you can stay ahead of oral problems and avoid them.