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Oral Healthcare Mistakes You May Be Making

Your teeth are an important part of the body that should be cared for properly. You only get one set of adult teeth, and any replacements would need to be purchased, which could be expensive and maybe even painful. Taking care of your teeth doesn't take a great deal of time out of your day and can prevent costly issues with your teeth. Even if you are taking care of your teeth, you may not be doing the right things, which could cause problems for your teeth and gums. Read on for some mistakes you could be making and what you can do to correct the problem.

Not Changing Your Toothbrush

You should be changing your toothbrush every three to four months and after you've been ill. If you're still using the same toothbrush after a year or longer or the bristles are shortened or frayed, it's beyond time to change your toothbrush. Change your toothbrush immediately. An old toothbrush is not going to brush your teeth properly and could actually damage your teeth. 

Brushing With A Hard-Bristle Toothbrush

A hard-bristle toothbrush will scratch the enamel on the tooth. The enamel is hard, but a hard-bristle toothbrush can still cause damage. Brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush instead. Also be sure not to brush too hard no matter what type of bristle you have to prevent scratching your enamel. Scratched enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity or even sensitivity to the gums as well.

Brushing Quickly Or Being Too Routine

If you've been brushing the same way over and over for years, you may be missing something. Try changing up your brushing routine by brushing in a different direction or starting in the back rather than in the front. Changing your pattern may help prevent you from missing anything. Also brushing too quickly can happen when you are being too routine. You should brush for two minutes, twice per day (morning and night).

Not Protecting Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is probably sitting on your countertop in the bathroom right now. The problem with this is if the toilet is located near feces and other bacteria that may be spreading to your toothbrush -- gross. Protect your toothbrush by placing it in a cabinet, using a protective cover, or leaving your toothbrush in a different area such as a bedroom instead of in the bathroom.

Your teeth and gums should be cared for properly, and although you may be trying your best, you could still be making mistakes. Use the tips above to help prevent making these mistakes and remember to visit your dental services provider for regular checkups and cleanings every six months.