The eight mistakes we make when caring for our teeth

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We all brush our teeth at least once or twice a day. In fact, brushing your teeth only in the morning and in the evening is not at all enough for a perfect smile.

Here are the 8 big mistakes we make when brushing our teeth. We have also included solutions to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for many years.

Press the toothbrush firmly while brushing your teeth

When we press the toothbrush too tightly, its fibers bend and do not remove food debris to the teeth properly. In addition, it can lead to gum damage.

We do not care about the food we eat

We all know that eating too many sweet things can cause cavities. However, to keep our teeth healthy, we need to eat foods that contain calcium, phosphorus and fluoride. Here are some tips for you.

Foods that contain calcium:

dairy products
fruit and vegetable skins

Phosphorus-containing foods:


We usually get the required daily dose of fluoride with water. However, if you live in a region where water has a low fluoride concentration, you should eat more fluoride-containing foods, such as milk, salt, etc.

We do not use additional equipment for cleaning teeth

No matter how strong the bristles of your toothbrush are, they still can not completely remove food debris through the teeth. This is why it is important to clean the gaps between your teeth with dental floss. If the gaps are wide enough, you can use an interdental brush. To kill bacteria, rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

We do not care for the gums

If your gums are weak and do not have enough blood supply, it can lead to periodontitis. With this disease, the gums bleed, become inflamed and soft, and reveal the 'neck' of the teeth. And in the end you may lose your teeth.

To make the gums stronger, you should massage them with a toothbrush or finger in a circular motion. Eat solid food and chew thoroughly. You can also rinse your mouth with tea from oak or sage bark, or with a salt solution.

If the gums are prone to bleeding, visit a dentist. He or she will prescribe specific medications to strengthen the gums.

We do not remove tooth tartar

Tooth tartar is the toasted mineral product from saliva and foods that accumulate around the teeth. It has a yellow to brown color and can not be removed with a toothbrush.

Dental plaque and tartar cause periodontal disease, including inflammation of the bones that surround the teeth. The tartar can be made as strong as stone, becoming removable only by a dentist or dental specialist with special tools.

Perform a hygienic cleaning procedure at least once a year. Your dentist can advise you on the right frequency based on the condition of your teeth.

We think we are too old for dental wires

Many people think that they can only fix their teeth during adolescence. When they are adults, they think it is too late to decide on dental wires. But this is the wrong conclusion. A beautiful smile is not even the main reason to perform the treatment. If you have a problem with clogged teeth, it can lead to cavities and decay.

If you feel embarrassed by the placement of ordinary wires, you can always choose invisible lingual wires which are placed on the back of the teeth. Do not hesitate to leave the appointment with the specialist.

We chew only on one side of the mouth

Chewing has self-cleaning properties. So if you chew food on only one side of your mouth, it can lead to cavities and breakage on the side you do not normally use.

In addition, chewing food on one side of the mouth causes thick and strong muscles on that side. The muscles on each side of the face will become asymmetrical. Eventually, it can lead to pain and even hearing problems.

Pay attention when eating and try to chew food on both sides of the mouth. Remember to eat solid foods like fruits and vegetables. It will make your teeth stronger.

We do not teach our children to take proper care of their teeth

Some parents feel that there is no need to properly care for deciduous teeth because they are temporary. But a child needs to know what is right and what is wrong because the teeth will change but the habit will remain. The brushing process should take at least 3 minutes, and the brush should be moved up and down.

Enamel of children's teeth is not as strong as the teeth of adults. And the cracks in their teeth are deeper, which is why food particles are not so easy to clean. Teach your child to brush their teeth carefully. Perhaps it is worthwhile to undertake the procedure of closing the fissures (a specific dental treatment that aims to prevent tooth decay).21Media