We have covered certain dental-habit-related topics before (for instance: tossing your toothbrush every 3-4 months and not lying to your dentist), but it never hurts to have a little extra guidance when it comes to taking care of your teeth, right?!
So, we came up with three dental habits that you should avoid at all costs. Seriously, don’t do any of these!
1. Not brushing and flossing.
This is the only super “obvious” advice that we have on this list, we promise! We can talk until we are blue in the face about the importance of brushing and flossing properly, but many people don’t think this suggestion applies to them since they technically are brushing and flossing two times a day.
But many, many people don’t realize that is very detrimental to your dental health to brush for less than 2 full minutes or to rush through flossing. That is, to not brush and floss properly. So be sure to brush for at least two minutes (after flossing, of course) every morning and every evening.
2. Snacking or eating after your bedtime brushing & flossing routine.
We genuinely don’t understand why people do this. And if you do indulge in some late-night snacking, at LEAST re-floss your teeth and use your toothbrush and some toothpaste to ensure that all food particles and crumbs are out of the crevices of your teeth before you hop into bed.
3. Not staying hydrated.
First of all, drinking water has many, many health benefits. But if you need an extra motivator to keep drinking plenty of h20, think of your pearly whites!
Not drinking enough water can be detrimental to your oral health, since the amount of saliva that you have in your mouth depends—more-or-less—on how hydrated you are. And this matters because saliva can protect your teeth against cavities by diluting and eliminating sugars, acting as a buffer and balancing de-mineralization and re-mineralization in your mouth.
This habit also often includes sipping on sugary sodas and sports drinks. If you cannot help drinking sugary beverages, be sure to floss and brush afterwards and then drink one glass of water for each sugary drink you consumed.