Did you know that your hygiene routine may be causing more harm than good to your dental health? Yes, brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to keep them clean and disease free from day to day, but there is a right and wrong way to care for your teeth and gums. Even your daily habits, which you may not even notice anymore, can work subtly to undermine your efforts at good dental hygiene. Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, explains what not to do when cleaning your teeth, and the daily habits that you should take note of and prevent for your teeth’s sake.
Stop Doing That!
- Brushing harshly—When your teeth feel especially grimy, you may be tempted to scrub as hard as you can to remove the plaque and food debris. However, your teeth were not meant to withstand your frustration, and scrubbing too harshly can strip your teeth of enamel (the protective outer layer of your tooth), leaving your teeth vulnerable and sensitive. The irritation of harsh brushing can also cause your gums to recede slightly, increasing your chances of gum disease.
- Frequent snacking—Sugar is not the primary cause of cavities, contrary to popular belief. It is, however, a main component of tooth decay, along with other fermentable carbohydrates. Bacteria that comprise dental plaque convert sugar and carbs into acid, which erodes your tooth enamel in preparation for tooth decay. Saliva and tooth enamel, your mouth’s natural protectors, can usually fight back acid attacks, but the more often you eat, the more often your teeth are attacked, and eventually your teeth will fall to decay. Limit snacking, and if you must eat sugary treats, wait until you eat a larger meal to help neutralize the acid production.
- Using your teeth to improvise—If you’ve ever had to rip a tag off of a piece of clothing, twist the cap off of a bottle, or pull the stem out of your watch, you may know that your teeth can be pretty handy in a pinch. They can also be easily damaged by biting down and scraping them on inedible objects. Be mindful of times when you need to improvise, and take care to find another means than your teeth.
Treat Your Teeth Better with Help from Miami Dentist
To learn more about how you may be hurting your smile, or to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Arun Garg, contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.