Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
2551 7th St S
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 424-7810

Common Oral Health Mistakes You Might Be Making July 11, 2019

Grand Rapids, Wood
Common Oral Health Mistakes You Might Be Making, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin

There are many steps you should take to care for your teeth, including brushing twice a day and seeing the dentist every six months. However, there are also foods and actions you should avoid. Many people make simple oral hygiene mistakes that lead to cavities and gum problems. Understanding some of these will help you keep a healthy smile. Here is a guide to common mistakes people make with their pearly whites.

Common Oral Health Mistakes to Avoid

When Brushing

Most people brush in the morning, but many skip it at night if they are too tired. This can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque, which can lead to gum disease.

It’s also possible to brush too hard, which can cause gum recession and tooth sensitivity. This can happen especially with electric toothbrushes. Don’t forget to replace your brush every three months to ensure the bristles are working effectively.

Another common mistake people make is to brush directly after eating. The mouth is more acidic after a meal, and brushing right away can remove some of your enamel, causing sensitivity. To prevent this, dentists suggest you wait at least thirty minutes after eating or drinking to brush. 

When Eating

dentistOne step you can take to protect your teeth from tooth decay is to eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible. Cutting down on wine or sugary sports drinks can help prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Fruit juice also contains pigments that can stain your teeth. To minimize this effect, try to use a straw when drinking bright-colored liquids.

Drinking less coffee can also help your oral hygiene, dentists advise. Aside from staining your teeth, coffee can make your mouth acidic, encouraging bacteria growth and enamel wear. Instead of snacking throughout the day, try to stick to your three main meals. This gives the mouth a chance to clean itself with saliva instead of remaining coated in food. 

 

The dentists at New Horizons Dental in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, specialize in general and cosmetic dentistry. From dental implants and crowns to teeth whitening and oral cancer screenings, they offer everything you need to keep your mouth and smile healthy. They care for patients of all ages and provide care tailored to your needs. See what they offer online, or call (715) 424-7810 to schedule an appointment.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from New Horizons Dental LLC
Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects many people every year. Luckily, if caught early, the condition can be addressed with a single dental appointment. This is why ...read more
Should You Use Dental Floss or a Water Pick?, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Also called a water flosser, a water pick is a handheld oral hygiene device that releases a stream of water to clean around the teeth and gum line. Some people use this tool ins...read more
All You Need to Know About Abscessed Teeth, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
If you have untreated gum disease or advanced cavities, you may develop an abscessed tooth. This happens when the gums or the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected. If ...read more
8 Tips for Lowering Your Oral Cancer Risk, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Most dentists perform oral cancer screenings during every routine visit, but there are additional steps you can take to help manage your risk. If you have a family history of th...read more
3 Ways to Strengthen Your Enamel, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Enamel, the protective layer on each tooth, can be worn down by decay-causing bacteria. This exposes the sensitive dentin layer beneath, increasing the likelihood of decay and s...read more