Your tooth enamel may be even harder than your bones, but it’s still susceptible to damage caused by neglect and abuse. As your family dentist will tell you, once your teeth’s outer coating is gone, there is no way for your body to generate more. To maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright, avoid these common dental blunders:
Dentists recommend brushing after each meal using circular strokes, fluoride toothpaste, and a soft-bristled brush. Brush for about two minutes each time, and never scrub too hard. You should wait for about an hour after your meal before you brush to help protect your enamel. If you have children, make the daily routine a fun activity that you do together.
Forgetting to Floss
Flossing helps preserve your oral health, as it lets you clean areas between your teeth and near your gum line. Neglecting your gums can cause them to become inflamed—a condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is not only painful, but can actually lead to tooth loss.
Chomping or Grinding
When you bite down on ice or other hard objects, you damage your teeth. You may suffer hairline fractures, gum injuries, worn enamel, and even broken teeth. Another habit that can damage the structure of your teeth is tooth grinding. This action can wear down your teeth and pave the way for cavities after you’ve worn down the top layers of enamel. Ask your dentist about getting fitted for a mouthguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
Whitening Too Frequently
Repetitive teeth whitening can actually lead to gum irritation and increased tooth sensitivity. If you already have sensitive teeth, gum disease, or worn enamel, check with your dentist before you begin using any whitening product.
From dental implants to Invisalign, Sanford Dental Excellence offers a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services to meet all of your dental needs. If you live in the Orlando area, visit us online or call (407) 320-1700 today to get started on your path to better oral health.