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5 Dental Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there’s a chance you’re making some mistakes you might not even realize are mistaken. These bad habits can build up and damage your teeth in the long run. The good news is that many of them are reversible. Here are the 5 dental mistakes you need to stop making.

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Using Mouthwash

Mouthwash, despite the advertising, isn’t all that good for dental hygiene. It can mess up the environment of natural flora and dry out your mouth, creating the kind of environment that bacteria can thrive in. If anything, you need some “good” bacteria in your mouth to better your overall dental health. If you love the fresh feeling if mouthwash, then your dentist in Reading recommends using a natural mouthwash without alcohol or chemicals. You might even want to make your own.

Brushing Too Hard

Your Reading dentist understands that you should avoid brushing too hard as it damages your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard pushes your gums away from your teeth, leaving your tooth exposed and making your gum susceptible to infections. This is another reason you need to replace your toothbrush regularly, as old brushes do even more damage. Get a new brush every month or so and avoid brushing too hard. Brush slow and stay in control of your toothbrush.

Ignoring Mouth Pain

Pain your mouth is a sign that there’s something going wrong, and you should never ignore it. You can sooth pain using painkillers of course, but you should visit your dentist if you get it in your mouth. Pain might be caused by abscesses or grinding/clenching your teeth. It could also be a sign that your teeth have been damaged, which will definitely require the intervention of a dentist to fix. Teeth may be able to heal themselves, but tooth pain is a sign that your teeth have been pushed beyond the point of healing themselves.

Brushing at the Wrong Time

Everyone tells you that you need to brush your teeth after every meal, but things are a little more complicated. Some foods and drinks – in particular, ones filled with refined carbohydrates – can start producing bacteria in just 20 minutes, you can do more harm than good by brushing too soon after eating acidic foods. Acidic foods continue to damage your teeth for up to half an hour, and brushing weakens your teeth and makes the acid damage worse. So it’s better to brush before breakfast rather than after.

Being Afraid of Your Dentist

Not only do dentists hurt you physically, but many of them also make you feel uncomfortable and humiliated with how they talk about your teeth and your ability to take care of them. You need to find a dentist in Reading that won’t leave you feeling ashamed and will take care of your teeth properly. A good dentist explains dental procedures and makes you feel comfortable. If you’re afraid of your dentist, then maybe you just haven’t found the right dentist for you yet.

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