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1:00 AM 24th February 2024

Brits Risk Cavities And Gum Disease From These Common Practices

Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash
Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash
With Feburary being Children’s Dental Health month, to raise awareness of dental issues and promote good oral health, Dr Ferakh Hamid from Aesthetique Dental Care, shares these top mistakes Brits are making when brushing their teeth that can lead to toothache.

Storing your toothbrush incorrectly

Proper toothbrush hygiene is often underestimated. Keeping your toothbrush dry is essential, as moisture promotes bacterial growth. Store it away from toilets and sinks to minimise exposure to germs. Changing your toothbrush every three to four months is equally vital for effective cleaning.

Rinsing immediately

After brushing, resist the urge to rinse immediately. This ensures fluoride from the toothpaste stays on your teeth longer, strengthening enamel minerals. Using mouthwash right after brushing may dilute the fluoride concentration, reducing its effectiveness. Wait a minute or choose another time for mouthwash.

Brushing less than two minutes

Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, is crucial in preventing plaque buildup. Plaque is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Maintaining this routine helps protect your enamel and ensures better oral health.

Neglecting to floss

Gum health is often overlooked. Brushing alone doesn't cover it all. Neglecting your gums can lead to serious issues. Use dental floss or interdental brushes to remove bacteria between teeth and below the gum line, reaching those hard-to-reach places.

Avoiding the dentist

It's common to feel uneasy about dental visits, but avoidance can escalate problems. Dentists are trained to handle various situations, and regular check-ups help in preventing major interventions. Confronting dental anxiety is a crucial step toward maintaining oral well-being.

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