Are you taking care of your teeth and gums like how your dentist wants you to? You brush at least twice a day and floss right after. On some occasions, you gargle mouthwash to help freshen your breath. After doing all of these, you expect your dental health to be in the best condition possible, but when it turns out that it’s not, you begin to wonder what you are doing wrong.

Brushing, flossing, gargling of mouthwash and seeing your dentist for regular dental check-up and cleaning are all good, but they would be deemed short of providing protection when you have habits that are putting your dental health at risks. Here is a list of what could be causing your teeth and gums to be sick.

  • Skipping the flossing part may be convenient, but it is not doing your teeth any good. Although brushing your teeth is considered the most crucial aspect of proper dental health hygiene, it doesn’t mean you can skip flossing altogether. Flossing helps remove the cavity-causing food particles that feed the bacteria. The food stuck between the teeth could cause irritation that could lead to tooth and gum infection. Toughen up your gums through regular flossing.
  • Brushing soon after you finished eating may not be suitable for your teeth too. If you are guilty of consuming more food and drinks that contain a high amount of acid, then don’t worsen the situation of your teeth. When you brush too soon, you are rubbing the acid against the natural enamel of your teeth making it more vulnerable and susceptible to infection.
  • Refusing to have your toothbrush replaced every three to four months is causing your teeth more harm than good. Old toothbrushes are ineffective, but they also harbor bacteria that could cause infection. It is a must that you change your toothbrush every three months.

 Are you guilty of any of it?