When it comes to oral health and hygiene, most of us are aware of the consequences if proper care is not taken. Bad oral hygiene can lead to a number of dental issues, teeth decay and gum disease being just the tip of the iceberg.

In order to maintain good oral hygiene, brush 3 times a day, rinse and floss, and maintain the health of our mouth; however, there are some mistakes that many of us still end up making. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes in this regard which are often overlooked.

5 Teeth Cleaning Mistakes

1.    Floss Snapping

Flossing is a very good habit, and is encouraged by SEDA Dental dentists as well as by the American Dental Association. However, many individuals snap the floss between their teeth; because of the pressure, their gums can get cut and bleed.

Snapping the floss will only hurt your mouth and its health

You should gently guide the floss in a zigzag pattern so that you do not hurt your gums. Often, cutting your gums and not taking care of it the right way can lead to gum infections.

2.    Brushing Hard

Brushing with force may let you think you are getting the stains out and are doing a good job at it; however, brushing too hard is not good at all for your teeth. Over-brushing with force eventually leads to tooth sensitivity and the reduction of gums.

This is why many individuals prefer the softer bristled brushes as they like to apply a bit of force on their brush while brushing.

3.    Brushing Right after a Meal

Dentists often encourage individuals to brush after they have had a meal so that the food does not remain on their teeth, decay, and cause oral health issues. This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but experts agree that it is better to wait a while after you eat a meal before you brush.

An individual should wait about 30 minutes before they get on with brushing as the acid and sugar in the food have the ability to weaken your protective enamel for the time being. If the individual starts brushing instantly, you will also brush away your enamel before it gets the opportunity to harden again. After eating something acidic, refrain from brushing right after.

4.    Brushing in the Same Pattern

Brushing in a regular pattern can cause a bit of a concern; this is because your teeth then get uneven care. Let’s say that you wake up in the morning and only brush one side of your hair properly, the other in a rush; the rushed side will show that it was made in a hurry whereas the well brushed side will not.

You need to start at different places every time you brush so that you can take care of teeth cleaning and health equally.

5.    Skipping Dental Appointments

The biggest mistake which almost every other individual makes is not visiting their SEDA Dental dentist regularly, only when their case has worsened considerably. Regular checkups with our dentists can actually save you thousands of dollars in oral and dental care.

Happy brushing and make sure to schedule a deep teeth cleaning at least once a year with your local SEDA Dental office!