Things Your Dentist Wants You to Stop Doing

Things Your Dentist Wants You to Stop Doing

by Shearly (SU)

Improper brushing, not flossing, not seeing a dentist, or eating sugary foods can all wreak havoc on your teeth. At 360 Dental, we care about your oral health. That’s why we created this handy guide showing some of the things that your dentist wants you to stop doing. Simply following this guide and seeing your dentist can go a long way towards fewer cavities, less chance of gum disease and better overall dental health.

Things your dentist wants you to stop doing

Eating the wrong things: most people, by far, practice unhealthy dietary habits now and again. That being said, if those habits become too frequent or too extreme, they can have serious dental problems. There’s a laundry list of foods that are bad for our teeth, but here are some of the most common offenders:

·       Sugary foods: while it is almost impossible to completely cut sugar out from your diet, your dentist (and your teeth) will thank you if you can manage to cut down on foods such as candy, sodas, fruit juices, or sports drinks.

·       Acidic foods: foods with a very high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, or wine can erode tooth enamel over time, leading to more serious dental problems in the future. Eating these foods in moderation is the key to success.

·       Sticky or Chewy foods: one of the most common causes of tooth decay is the buildup of bacteria on the teeth left behind by food. Sticky or chewy foods, especially those with a high sugar content, can be detrimental to your oral health. These foods stick to the teeth, and can speed the buildup of plaque and bacteria. This also includes foods like bread, which have plenty of natural sugars that encourage bacterial growth.

It’s not just a matter of eating right, either. Did you know that even if you brush your teeth twice a day, if you’re not doing it the right way or for long enough, you may not be cleaning and protecting your teeth properly? Here are some things to look out for when it comes to practicing the best dental hygiene that will keep your teeth and gums healthy for the long haul:

·       Improperly brushing: It is important to touch on proper cleaning versus improper cleaning. While this may sound odd, brushing either too lightly or too heavily can have negative effects on oral health. Brushing too lightly will often leave bacteria on the teeth, while brushing too abrasively can erode tooth enamel. Remember to brush softly, but not too softly, in order to make sure brushing your teeth has the maximum effect.

·       Failing to brush for the right amount of time: most dentists agree that proper brushing takes at least two minutes, although many people will brush for substantially less amount of time. It is important to spend the full amount of recommended time cleaning your teeth, as well as to be as thorough as possible to get the best out of your toothbrush. (pro tip: many electric toothbrushes turn off after the dentist recommended brushing time has been met!)

·       Failing to brush often enough: this is another problem that many people have when it comes to oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day is the usual recommendation in regards to brushing frequency. Some say that brushing after meals is the best practice, but we might not always have the time or accommodations for that. But even rinsing your mouth out with water after a meal can help wash away bacteria.

By fixing these common problems, you’re more likely to nip oral hygiene problems in the bud, therefore paving the way to a happier, healthier life. For more information on things your dentist wants you to stop doing, or any other dental topics, please call 360 Dental Group at (541) 689-1645 today. You can also Request an appointment online.