Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Luckily, it's easy to avoid these problems by tweaking your oral hygiene habits. Our Athens, GA, dentist, Dr. Chanda Bennett of Bella Dentistry, helps her patients care for their teeth with regular checkups, oral hygiene advice, and dental treatments.
Oral hygiene habits that can harm your smile
Most people don't spend much time thinking about oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth is just simply something you do every day. Unfortunately, if you don't evaluate your hygiene habits from time to time, you may be putting your smile at risk. Habits that are bad for your teeth and gums include:
- Speed Brushing: Do you brush your teeth in under 30 seconds? Brushing too quickly tends to leave plaque behind. The sticky substance causes cavities and may lead to gum disease if plaque turns into a hard deposit called tartar. Thorough brushing is the key to ridding your mouth of plaque. When you brush, concentrate on one tooth at a time, and spend at least two full minutes brushing your teeth.
- Not Flossing: Flossing is such a simple task, yet it offers very important benefits for your oral health. Daily flossing removes plaque between teeth and helps keep your breath fresher. If you don't like string or tape floss, buy interdental brushes, flossing picks, or a water flosser in a Athens store.
- Vigorous Brushing: Harder isn't better when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Brushing vigorously or using anything but a soft-bristle brush can erode your tooth enamel, which may make it easier for cavities to form. Receding gums may also occur if you brush too hard. If gum recession exposes your roots, you may soon notice that your teeth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Indulging in Sugary Snacks: A chemical reaction occurs in your mouth every time you eat something that contains sugar. Bacteria in plaque mixes with sugar to create an acid strong enough to damage your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Skip the sweets and fill up on fruits or vegetables instead.
- Skipping Checkups: Regular dental visits help you ensure that you don't have cavities or other dental problems and also improves your oral hygiene. Every checkup includes a thorough cleaning that removes plaque and tartar.
Keep your smile healthy with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Call our Athens, GA, dentist, Dr. Bennett of Bella Dentistry, at (706) 546-7722 to schedule an appointment.