8 Bad Oral Health Habits to Break in 2020

When it comes to our oral health routine, we’re only as good as what we’re doing habitually, and that goes for both our eating and drinking habits as well as our brushing and flossing routines.

Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few bad habits to break this year. Doing so will set you up for a happy, healthy 2020, not to mention set the foundation for a healthy smile for years to come.

1.) Not Changing Your Toothbrush

The American Dental Association suggests that we all change our toothbrushes every 3-4 months. It might get easy to settle into your routine and stick with one toothbrush for a year or longer, but you’re doing a disservice to your teeth.

2.) Not Using the Right Kind of Brush

Make sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush and choose a high-quality electronic option if you can afford it to ensure you get as close to a dentist-quality cleaning at home.

3.) Brushing at the Wrong Time

Make sure you wait 20-45 minutes after you eat, especially after consuming foods high in sugar and acidity, that way your mouth can neutralize all the harmful sugars and acids in your mouth. Otherwise, you’re risking harming your enamel.

4.) Using Lousy Technique

Use soft circular motions with your toothbrush to ensure you don’t harm your tooth enamel, not to mention surrounding gum tissue.

5.) Improper Storage

Break the bad habit of improperly storing your toothbrush. Store your brush upright with the brush head exposed to the open air, so that your toothbrush can dry.

6.) Brushing too Aggressively

If your gums are left hurting or bleeding after your brushing routine, it’s time to take it down a notch. Try not to use power strokes back and forth across your teeth. Stay with soft circular motions to properly clean and protect your teeth.

7.) Not Brushing Long Enough

Make sure that you brush for 3-5 minutes twice a day. Anything less is slacking off and detrimental to your oral health.

8.) Skipping Out on Brushing Sessions

Try to never skip a morning or evening brushing session anymore. Not only that, try to get a quick brushing session in during the middle of the workday (about 20-45 minutes after lunch, for instance) to ensure your teeth stay clean throughout the day.

Dr. Tamatha Pantano, DMD is a practicing family dentist at Audubon Dental Center and has 10 years of experience helping patients break any bad oral health habits through promoting excellent at-home oral health routines. We’ll help you refine and perfect your brushing and flossing routine to ensure a healthy smile for years to come.

Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to seeing you!