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As children, we all learn the importance of caring for our teeth correctly, but often get sidetracked from our oral care routine as adults.

Here are the 6 common dental mistakes that most people make:

  1. Infrequent Brushing – Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime, removes food particles and prevents cavities. If you skip brushing your teeth even once, you face the risk of plaque or bacterial buildup and developing a dental cavity, so stick to your routine!
  2. Not Flossing Daily – Your toothbrush can only do so much when it comes to teeth cleaning, since it can’t reach into the gaps between teeth very effectively. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, use dental floss at least once a day to dislodge food particles and plaque from your teeth and along your gum line.
  3. Brushing Incorrectly – Not only do you need to brush regularly, but also do it right. The wrong tooth brushing technique can lead to areas of the mouth being missed, while brushing for too long or not long enough also causes problems. Use small circular motions and avoid brushing too vigorously or skimming over the tooth surface.
  4. Using the Wrong Tools – If you’re using the wrong toothbrush for teeth cleaning or one that’s too old, it won’t be effective. Use small-headed brushes with soft bristles and change them when they start fraying. Avoid picking at your teeth with fingernails or toothpicks, and use good quality dental floss as well.
  5. Poor Diet & Nutrition – We all know that foods containing sugar are bad for teeth, but other foods could also cause tooth decay or tooth sensitivity. Avoid sweet, sticky, sour or hard foods and drinks. Make sure you drink lots of water and eat fresh fruits or veggies, which clean your teeth along with giving you essential nutrients.
  6. Irregular Dental Visits – Most of us tend to schedule a dental checkup only when we face issues, but prevention is far better than cure. A thorough examination can help with early diagnosis and treatment of dental problems, before they get serious. Visiting the dentist at least twice a year helps to keep your teeth and gums in top shape.

Even if you follow a strict oral hygiene and dental care routine, don’t skip your bi-annual dental checkup. Doing so can have a serious impact on your oral health!

Why Are Regular Dental Visits So Important?

Here are the top 4 reasons why you should visit the dentist regularly:

  1. Detection of Oral Cancer – Oral cancer can be life-threatening if it isn’t diagnosed and treated in time. Dental professionals are trained to spot early signs and halt the progress of this disease. A dental checkup could save your life!
  2. Detection of Gum Disease – Tooth decay can also cause inflammation, bleeding, soreness and swelling in gum tissue. Gum disease or gingivitis is the leading cause of tooth loss, and may need intensive dental treatment if it goes too far.
  3. Prevention of Tooth Decay – Despite daily brushing and flossing, you may still end up with plaque and tartar buildup. This can lead to a tooth cavity or other issues, but professional teeth cleaning can remove even hard tartar.
  4. Help with Bad Habits – Dentists can help you overcome lifestyle or dietary habits that are harmful for teeth and gums, such as smoking or biting your nails. This isn’t just good for your dental health, but your general wellness too.

So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your six-monthly appointment with Dr. Joshua Hong’s clinic today!