Six Mistakes You’re Making With Your Teeth

1. Doing 10 other things while you brush – We are very busy every minute of the day, so it is really tempting to brush your teeth while showering or as you are sitting and watching TV. But it’s really important to stand in front of the mirror and watch what you are doing to ensure you brush every single surface and angle of each tooth. If you aren’t distracted, you will be more thorough.
2. Using the web as your Dentist – The internet is full of amazing DIY dental tips that can hurt you more than help you. Use ADA approved products. Don’t try to whiten your teeth by just covering them in peroxide and don’t try to straighten them by putting rubber bands around them. Don’t think that you can learn how to make or fix dentures from all the “tips” that abound. Every case is unique and different and only years of experience will result in methodically working through problems.
3. Avoiding X-rays – Many of my patients are worried about radiation exposure from dental x-ray. There was some panic after a 2012 study that said there is a possible link between dental x-rays and brain tumors. That study did not actually establish the cause of the tumors. Some people in that study had radiation exposure years ago when x-rays were much higher than what we use today. We need x-rays to identify conditions that are not see during a visual exam. You may have a cavity, or even a cyst in your jaw. If you are concerned about x-ray exposure, please talk to me so we can discuss ways to get the most minimal amount. If dental  x-rays were really a problem, wouldn’t you think that those of us in the dental field would be at a higher risk for issues. The truth is that dentists and their staff show no untoward problems in life from their use.
4. Traveling with a wet toothbrush – Bacteria thrives in wet environments. When you put a wet toothbrush in a travel case, it is important to remove it from the case as soon as possible to let it air dry. Placing it upright in a cup will do the trick.
5. Overcleaning your toothbrush – Do you think that running your toothbrush through a cycle in the dishwasher or throwing it in the microwave will zap away all the bacteria? Think again. There is no evidence that anyone has ever gotten sick from their own toothbrush. Just rinse it off with water and store upright, making sure it doesn’t touch anyone else’s brush. The dishwasher or microwave will just damage it.
6. Ignoring your clenching teeth – Bruxism, aka clenching, can lead to headaches, chipped teeth, and jaw soreness. I can make you a night guard to wear out of thin plastic that you can grind away at so that you won’t hurt your teeth. It will also train your mouth to put less pressure on your jaw.
There is so much misinformation that is out there for people to read. Always ask a professional before you try or believe something. I will be happy to be that professional for you. Please feel free to call me at 440.951.7856. I am always excited to talk to my readers.
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