3 Dental Mistakes You Should Never Make & How to Fix Them

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Everybody wants to a healthy, happy smile that showcases sparkling while teeth. Not everybody is willing to put in the hard work that it takes to get one. If you're highly motivated to enjoy optimal dental health, the first step is looking at the common mistakes you may be making when it comes to your oral health care routine. See if you are making these dental mistakes and learn what you can do to fix them!

Skip Flossing as Part of Your Regular Routine

Flossing your teeth is an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. If you don't floss, you can wind up having premature tooth loss. Tartar can build up between teeth when floss doesn't remove it even when you brush your teeth, and you may also develop halitosis after food particles from your food build up between your teeth.

Flossing isn't optional if you want healthy teeth. Take the time to floss in between your teeth twice per day. When you do so, you can prevent cavities, maintain a whiter smile, and improve your overall oral health. It can even help prevent gum disease.

Rush When You're Brushing Your Teeth

If you brush your teeth hard and fast, it may feel like you don't need to brush your teeth for very long. The truth is that just won't cut it. In fact, you shouldn't brush too hard, or you can do more harm than good. You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, and you should take your time with it.

Instead of brushing through the teeth-brushing process, take at least two minutes to brush your teeth thoroughly every time you brush. You may opt to set a timer on your cell phone or simply press play on one of your favorite pop songs. They generally last around three minutes, so you should be fine if you brush your teeth for the duration of the song.

Indulge in Sugary Sodas Before Bed

When you eat sugar-laden sodas before you go to bed, that can spell disaster for your teeth! Plaque bacteria thrive on the sugar from the acidic soda, and your tooth enamel will be under attack. If you don't brush your teeth after drinking a soda, you make your teeth vulnerable to decay. The carbonated, sugary soft drinks may also dry out your mouth if they have caffeine.

Sugary foods and acidic sodas are the enemy of healthy teeth at any time of day, but nobody can be perfect all the time. When you do need to get a sugar fix with a soda, make sure you do so a couple of hours before bedtime and brush your teeth thoroughly after indulging. Also, drink a cup of water after consuming the soda.

To learn more about better practices, contact a local dentist office. 


15 February 2017

Coping With Dental Emergencies

My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.