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5 Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes to Avoid

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Regular hygiene mistakes are spotted almost immediately. Remember that time you forgot to wash your hair? It’s noticeable right away. And how about getting dressed without putting on some deodorant? It’s happened to all of us, one way or another.

Oral hygiene mistakes aren’t as widely advertised as regular hygiene slip-ups. But they’re still a menace to oral health – and overall health as well. Everything from diabetes to heart disease has been linked to poor oral health – and common oral hygiene mistakes contribute.

Dr. Dental has helped our patients with a fair share of oral hygiene mistakes. There’s a pretty good chance you’ve done some of these – hopefully not today though, and hopefully not multiple times per week.

Flossing faults. Toothcare bloopers. Mouthwash miscalculations. Whatever you call ‘em, let’s look at some common oral hygiene mistakes, and what can be done to limit them in the future.

Regular Oral Hygiene Mistakes

Familiar foul-ups with your toothbrush, floss, and other oral hygiene tools happen more often than they should. And those aren’t the only oral hygiene mistakes that happen. Here are a handful that happen every day:

  • Skipping flossing. Actually, this is more common that it should be – according to a recent study, about 30% of Americans don’t floss at all. Make it a regular habit, and you’ll be amazed at how much your oral health improves!
  • The hurried brush in the morning (or at night). We’ve all been there…you’re rushing around, getting ready for school or work, and you don’t want to skip brushing. So you give it a 50% (or worse) effort. Take the time, and your teeth will thank you – and so will your smile!
  • Brushing too hard. When you’re in a hurry (see above), you tend to brush too hard. But there are other reasons for brushing with furious intensity – being stressed, angry, and more. We recommend to simply take your time and pay attention if you’re brushing too hard. To help limit this common oral hygiene mistake, make sure you use a brush with soft bristles.
  • Ignoring your breath. Sometimes, too much attention is paid to your teeth and gums. Remember, your breath is an important element of your oral hygiene. To eliminate (or at least lessen) bad breath, use an antibacterial mouthwash on a daily basis.
  • Out of control diet. Excessive sugar. Sticky treats. Sodas and milkshakes. Your diet plays a huge part of your oral health. Your diet doesn’t jump out at being a common oral hygiene mistake, but think about it – there’s nothing more common than the food you eat every day. A diet consisting of mostly whole foods and minimal junk food will help. So will regular water consumption, which helps in the battle against dry mouth and extra bacteria accumulation.

Contact Dr. Dental – We’ll Help You Avoid Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes

With our full range of dental services, deals & discounts, and friendly staff, Dr. Dental has more than 40 offices to serve you and your family in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.

Regular visits to your dentist can help with oral hygiene mistakes. Dr. Dental looks forward to serving you and your family today. Stop in and experience the Dr. Dental difference!


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