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The Dental Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

toothbrushYour dental health can impact other facets of your overall health which is why it’s important to take it seriously. Brushing daily and regular visits to the dentist are two crucial pieces of the oral heath puzzle, but there are other essential components to keeping your mouth healthy. Because Dr. Caracioni believes her patients should be armed with the right tools and information, we’re sharing some of the biggest dental mistakes you might not know you’re making.

Storing a wet toothbrush
Sure, you may think it’s the right move to cover up your toothbrush, but you may be causing more harm than good. Using a toothbrush cap or travel case allows bacteria to grow. Instead, let your toothbrush air out by placing it in a cup by your sink. Avoid storing it in a cabinet or leaving it in the shower.

Brushing your teeth too soon after eating
It may seem smart to brush your teeth immediately after eating, but it’s best to wait. Acidic foods and sugars temporarily weaken the protective enamel on the teeth, so if you brush too soon, you’re brushing away at the enamel before it rehardens. Sip some water and wait about 30 minutes before brushing.

Not brushing long enough
Your time is precious, but cutting corners when it comes to brushing is risky. Dental health experts recommend brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle for at least two minutes. To help break up the time, divide your mouth into quadrants, spending 30 seconds on each quadrant. Need some help powering through those two minutes that seem to drag on forever? Try singing a song in your head. Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” clocks in at just over two minutes in length.

You’re still using a regular toothbrush
A standard toothbrush is better than no toothbrush, but when it comes to superiority in cleaning, an electric toothbrush reigns supreme. Electric brushes oscillate, making them that much more efficient at removing plaque. The built-in timers also help you brush for the right amount of time.

Staying on top of your oral health is critical. Making a few small modifications to your oral hygiene routine can make a big difference. And remember to schedule regular visits with your dentist for routines check-ups and cleanings. Call our office today at 785-783-0741 to schedule your appointment.