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Break These Bad Dental Habits

We all dream of having a beautiful smile. As one of the biggest confidence boosters, a great smile can make you more outgoing and attractive. But a perfect smile is also a sign of health.

Keeping your smile healthy is just as important as keeping your smile beautiful. If you’re not taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you could be causing permanent damage to your pearly whites.

There are some behaviors you may not know can hurt your teeth. Here are five smile-damaging behaviors you may be guilty of.

Forgoing Flossing

Flossing is one of the most important things for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Because brushing can’t reach every surface of your teeth, flossing allows you to get the areas that you can’t reach with a toothbrush. For optimal results, floss at least once a day.

Bleaching Your Teeth Too Often

Bleaching your teeth can keep them sparkling and white, but bleaching your teeth too much can actually cause irreparable damage. If you’re using an at-home bleaching treatment you may be increasing your tooth sensitivity. For best results, have a professional bleach your teeth.

Using the Same Toothbrush for too Long

When our toothbrushes get too old, they become breeding grounds for bacteria. Not only can this cause you to get sick, it can also cause infections in your mouth. The more bacteria you have in your mouth, the harder it is to get clean. Be sure you’re replacing your toothbrush at least every three to four months and after you’ve gotten over a cold.

Brushing Immediately After Eating

You’ve probably been told that brushing after eating is the best way to remove unwanted food particles from between your teeth. While brushing is important, immediately brushing after eating acidic foods can actually cause more damage. When the acid is still on your teeth, brushing too soon after can actually rub the acid into your teeth and gums. Instead of immediately brushing, use water to rinse the acid away.

Not Using a Soft-Bristled Brush

A hard-bristled brush can cause irritation to your gums and make them recede. To ensure you’re brushing properly, use a soft-bristled brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush in circular motions, not back-and-forth, to further avoid unnecessary irritation.

Frequent visits to Dr. Anderson is also important for maintaining a healthy smile. If you’re ready for your next appointment, contact our Kansas City dental office today.

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