Dentist’s Orders: Stop Doing These 9 Things

It has often been said that you only need to take care of the teeth that you want to keep and your dentist definitely agrees with that. Chances are, you know just how important it is to properly care for your teeth, but did you know there are some things you may be doing that can be harmful to your teeth, gums, and tongue? Check out these things that your dentist would appreciate you stopping.

1. Whitening With At-Home Kits
Dentists agree that using DIY whitening kits can harm your teeth and gums. RealSelf dentist Dr. Steven Davidowitz shared that this option can cause sensitive teeth, thinning enamal, and cause your gums to receed and become irritated. One of Beverly Hills’ most popular dentists, Dr. Matt Nejad stated that most DIY kits were useless and that he may use the ones by Crest, but even they can cause issues such as dark stains in between the teeth. Most dentists would prefer you to visit them if you want to improve the color of your teeth.

2. Fibbing About Flossing
When your dentist asks if you have been flossing, what do you say? Dentists have had extensive training in oral health so when you tell them that you have been flossing, but have been doing so for the last few days, they can tell. Instead, share the truth and let the dentist teach you how to properly floss so you can reap the benefits.

3. Chewing On Tough Things
Your teeth are not tools so please do not use them as such. This includes trying to open things with your teeth or even chewing on hard objects such as ice, pens, and fingernails.

4. Driving Lemon And Lime Infused Water
Water can get boring, but water with lemon or lime contains acid. This acid in your mouth can lead to gum disease, enamel damage, bad breath, and even tooth decay. Drinking plain water will not only help with your oral health, but it will help with your overall health, too.

5. Scaring Your Kids
A dentist in the Lambton County area shared that he sees children in his practice that are scared because their parents were nervous or told them pain would be involved in their appointment. Instead of freaking your kids out, let the dentist describe what they will be doing inside your child’s mouth.

6. Using A Hard Bristled Toothbrush
Hard bristles aren’t really good for your teeth or your gums and they are extremely harmful if you use excess pressure. This can cause gum recession and can brush off your teeth’s enamel. For healthy teeth and gums, your dentist would prefer you to use soft bristles.

7. Brushing With A Manual Toothbrush
Dr. Davidowitz shared that electric toothbrushes are much better for purposeful brushing. He said that with manual toothbrushes, you are more likely to miss areas of your mouth and may overbrush certain areas. Plus, most electronic toothbrushes use timers that allow you to brush your teeth for the appropriate amount of time.

8. Using The “Latest And Greatest” Toothpaste
Oil pulling has been touted as the best possible thing you could do for your teeth, but one dentist shared that science has not proven that to be true. Another dentist said that using charcoal powder to brush your teeth can strip tooth enamel because it is just way too abrasive.

9. Skipping The Last Few Days Of Antibiotics
How many times has your dentist written you a prescription for antibiotics only for you to stop taking them once you start to feel better? This is actually quite common and one dentist shared that it could be dangerous since all of the bacteria probably hasn’t been eliminated. Next time, follow the course with the prescription for the best possible results.

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