Practising dental hygiene has become a normal exercise across the Western World. Most people brush their teeth, or even floss, at dental mistakesleast twice per day. Unfortunately, even though many people learn how to look after their teeth and gums as one of their first motor skills, it is still being done incorrectly.
Caring for your oral hygiene incorrectly can lead to a plethora of complications, including tooth pain. Undertaking excellent oral hygiene techniques, and even simply brushing correctly, can reduce the risk of symptoms and sensitive teeth.
There are 3 main things that people are doing incorrectly when brushing their teeth or caring for their oral hygiene:

1. Brushing Too Hard

Contrary to popular belief, brushing harder does not actually remove plaque or stains faster – in actual fact, it elevates the chances of causing problems to the teeth or gums.

When brushed too hard, gums can begin to recede. Receding gums will expose sensitive areas of each tooth and will increase the chance of experiencing pain when brushing the teeth in future.

2. Brushing at the Wrong Time

It is only necessary to brush immediately after meals if certain foods are consumed, and you must carefully consider the timings of brushing after a meal.

Food and drink that contain refined carbohydrates can spurt bacteria growth within the mouth almost instantly, meaning that immediate brushing is required after consumption.

Brushing after other consuming other certain foods, such as acidic foods, can actually cause damage to teeth enamel. Acidic foods weaken teeth almost instantly, and brushing can strip the enamel away if undertaken within 30 minutes of consumption. An alternative to brushing after acidic food or drinks is to chew gum, or to wait at least 30 minutes.

3. Ignoring Pain

If a person is experiencing pain or sensitivity on the teeth or across their gums, then there is a problem. Pain and sensitivity can be caused by countless factors including cavities, infections or even abscess. The unique thing about oral pain is that if it is not addressed or treated by a professional, it rarely goes away or fixes itself.

Minor symptoms such as increased sensitivity or occasional aches are oral hygiene issues that are commonly ignored, but which can quickly stem into larger problems. All teeth and gum issues or abnormalities require the attention of a dentist.

People think of a dentist visit as a last resort when there is something extremely wrong, but this is not the case. A dentist is a trained professional who will address any issues that a person may be experiencing, and they will provide advice on how the patient can take aftercare into their own hands. A dentist’s main priority is to cure any oral hygiene issues and to educate the patient on effective oral hygiene.

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