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Dental mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making

Most of us grow up with an oral hygiene routine in place, but sometimes, habits of a lifetime don’t always reflect what’s actually good for us. Unwittingly, many of us make dental mistakes without being aware of the potential consequences.

One of the most common errors people commit when they brush their teeth is rinsing after brushing. Many of us learn to do this as children, and it becomes a habit we don’t even think about. Rinsing is actually counter-productive because it washes away the fluoride that is added to toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that protects the enamel and reduces the risk of decay and cavities. Rather than washing the teeth and rinsing after brushing, eliminate this step. This will increase exposure to fluoride.

Another problem is brushing technique. It’s understandable to assume that brushing firmly improves results, but being aggressive with your brush can actually do more harm than good. This is due to the fact that you can damage the protective enamel surface if you’re heavy-handed. If you have an electric toothbrush, you don’t need to exert any extra effort or force. The brush will do all the hard work for you, so gently guide it around the mouth, covering every surface of every tooth.

To improve standards of oral health, dentists are also eager to encourage patients to buy the right toothpaste. In recent years, abrasive products, which are sold as whitening toothpastes, have become increasingly popular. The trouble with these products is that they can weaken the enamel and there is little evidence to prove that they lighten the shade of the teeth. For the best whitening results, dentists recommend professional whitening treatment, which can be legally only be provided by trained, qualified, GDC-registered dentists.

Improving your Oral Hygiene in the London

Oral hygiene should be as important to you as anything else that you do in London, because by looking after your mouth, you will be looking after your body as well. Sit down and have a think of a way to go about this because it is vitally essential for your well-being. Talk to your dentist and your hygienist about these issues, and about such subjects as your diet, your naughty habits and about the way you use products each day: be sure to use these people anyway, because they are there to patch you up if things do go wrong. Getting the right products that suit you is important and as you go through life, these will change as your teeth do, but there will always be the basic essentials such as getting a good toothbrush- electric is a good way to go as these brushes can take the sting out of the work you have to do. Getting the right toothpaste, the right floss and a good mouthwash as well can only enhance your overall oral health. Get this spot-on and you should have no trouble at all in the future.

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