Now, more than ever it is vital we maintain good oral health – after all, should you get a toothache, there’s no dentist around to save the day. It will be a case of Huckleberry Finn. Y’know a string tied to your tooth and the other end on a door, or something equally as nightmare-inducing. If your bad tooth happens to have long roots…well, let’s not go there. Instead, read on to make sure you are not making these oral health mistakes. Far less traumatic!
You may think brushing is pretty basic – but it is incredible how many people make this fundamental mistake. Someone I know went to the dentist (for implants) at the age 0f 65 and was told he had brushed incorrectly his entire life! The trick is to brush at a 45-degree angle in circular motions – never up and down. Don’t forget to do the inside too!
Incredibly, over-brushing can cause more harm than good. You might think all that extra tooth attention can do no wrong – but, alas, this is not so. Over-brushing will lead to wearing down of enamel; thus, causing tooth and gum issues. So, 3 times is a charm people.
3.Brushing Too Soon After Food and Drink
Never drink a Red Bull and then rush to the bathroom to brush. You will in effect be brushing all that sugary content straight into your teeth. Ouchie.
Flossing is so important in preventing gum disease. A little blood loss is normal when flossing, so don’t panic that you have damaged your mouth. Keep those gums healthy and grab the floss.
Yes, we have all been guilty of this from time to time. If you say this has never applied to you, I won’t believe it. However, neglecting your oral health (particularly during a lockdown) is a really bad idea. You may be absolutely exhausted after a boozy night or whatever – but find that inner willpower and get your toothbrush to the ready before you hit the sack.