Steven A. Ghareeb, DDS, FAGD, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry offers advice on how to keep your smile healthy and pretty by avoiding these five things that can ruin your smile.
- Not Flossing – We all know brushing your teeth twice a day is very important, but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once every day is just as important to maintaining a healthy smile. When you floss you’re removing the bacteria left behind from food particles, these particles can create cavities. An important note is, when you first start flossing, you may experience some swelling and bleeding in your gums, but don’t stop! The more you floss the tougher your gums will become and the swelling and bleeding should subside.
- Brushing too quickly after you eat – When you consume acidic foods and beverages, it can erode your teeth’s enamel. If you brush too quickly after eating or drinking acidic things it can cause your teeth more damage because your are brushing the acid into your teeth. It’s recommended that you rinse your mouth with water and then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
- Waiting too long to replace your toothbrush – You should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Old toothbrushes are ineffective and they contain harmful bacteria’s that can cause infections.
- Bleaching too much – We all want our teeth to be nice and white, however, if you bleach too much your teeth can become overly sensitive. It’s recommended that you talk to your dentist before bleaching your teeth. He/she can tell you how often and what method is best.
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush – Using a soft toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle in a circular motion is best. If you use a hard brush or are too aggressive with your brushing technique, you can cause irreversible damage to your gums.
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