Common Habits That Cause Bad Teeth

There are over a million bacteria on toothbrushes. Although most of them are harmless, they can still damage teeth, due to bad habits.

Rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth

Water dilutes the concentrated fluoride in toothpaste, so if you rinse your mouth right away, the toothpaste will no longer be as effective as it should be. If you still feel the need to rinse out of habit, use a fluoride mouthwash to protect enamel.

Do not rub your tongue

Dr Uchenna Okoye, director of a toothpaste manufacturing company in London, UK, said that cleaning the tongue is important because it contains most of the bacteria in the oral cavity.

The tongue is always wet and has many crevices where bacteria can hide. The bacteria secrete sulfur, which makes our breath smell bad if not cleaned.

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Floss a lot

While flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine and important for your gums, it shouldn’t be used in excess.

Do not floss more than once a day, as harmful bacteria take 4-12 hours to grow. While flossing correctly can prevent gum disease, using the wrong way has the opposite effect, even causing gum damage.

Steps to use dental floss correctly:

Step 1: Take a piece of floss about 30 cm and wrap it around your two fingers, leaving only a piece of about 5 cm.

Step 2: Use your thumb and index finger to hold the middle thread firmly. The length of the segment is only in the middle from 1.5 to 2 cm.

Step 3: Gently thread the thread between the teeth. Note to thread gently and carefully, do not let the thread touch the gums, to avoid damage to the gums.

Step 4: When the floss is close to the gums, gently rub along the roots to push the plaque out.

Step 5: Hold the thread firmly in a straight position and gently move up and down. Do the same for the rest of the teeth. When you’re done using it, discard the thread and never reuse it.

Teeth cleaning should not be painful. You need to control the force of your hand in a moderate way, too strong will destroy the cells at the root causing bleeding, too light will not be able to push the plaque out.

Use an old toothbrush

Using an old toothbrush can lead to tooth decay and damage your gums. There will still be food particles left between the bristles, so if you keep using that brush, you’re exposing yourself to the same bacteria again and again. If you leave your brush in a damp bathroom, it will develop mold.

If you see any black spots on the bristles, change them immediately.

Do not change the type of toothpaste

When you see a toothpaste that suits your teeth, you want to buy it right away and use it for a long time. But the microorganisms that live in the mouth may get used to a particular toothpaste, reducing its effectiveness.

Ideally, you should change your toothpaste every 2-3 months. Some dentists even recommend that customers use different toothpaste for morning and evening.

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