The three most important rules of dental health are brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist at least once every six months. However, sometimes maintaining oral health requires a little bit more. Here are some common dental mistakes that patients often make, as well as how to correct them.
- Clicking or snapping your floss. Improper flossing habits can result in gum damage and bleeding. Instead of “snapping” your floss, gently move it back and forth.
- Brushing immediately after a meal. Although you should brush after meals to remove bacteria and debris from your teeth, wait at least half an hour before you do so. Sugars and acids from food, combined with the pressure from a toothbrush, can aid in the erosion of tooth enamel.
- Eating lemons and limes. Highly acidic foods like lemons and limes can significantly weaken enamel, especially if you’re chewing on them directly. Some citrus juice in your food or drink is fine, but avoid consuming too much lemon or lime juice.