Good oral hygiene is essential not only for healthy teeth, but problems in our oral cavity can affect the entire human body. A recent report from the American Heart Association even found a link between poor dental hygiene and poorer brain health. We can take care of our dental health with a few simple steps.

Excessive citrus consumption

Most of us are aware that sugary drinks are detrimental to the health of our teeth. It is a little less clear that citric acid can also damage our tooth enamel. Lemonades or lime slices added to various beverages contain a high level of acidity that can lead to demineralization. Even grapes and peaches can cause problems.

A sturdy toothbrush

Some believe that hard toothbrush bristles and abrasive toothpaste will make teeth whiter and cleaner. The effect is just the opposite. Excessive scrubbing can only further damage teeth by removing protective enamel and damaging gum tissue.

Excessive use of whitening toothpastes is not good for dental health.
Toothpastes vary widely in their abrasiveness, which can be low, medium or high. If you brush your teeth frequently, it is best to use the latter. Many pastes are used to achieve whiter teeth, but these are among the most aggressive. Therefore, it makes sense to use them less frequently to avoid excessive wear of the enamel.

Brushing immediately after eating

It is important to wait at least 15 to 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. This brings the pH of the teeth back to neutral levels, preventing the removal of enamel that has been softened by acid from food or beverages.

Improper threading

If you take care of your teeth by flossing daily, you are well above average, at least when it comes to dental hygiene. Less than half of people floss daily to clean the spaces between their teeth, and as many as a quarter don’t floss at all. Yet flossing is considered the gold standard of oral hygiene and is essential for healthy gums and teeth.

High stress levels

High levels of stress and a demanding work environment are associated with an increase in dental problems. For example, stress can make you more prone to grinding and clenching your teeth, leading to excessive wear and tear. Unconscious nervous habits such as biting your nails, hair, pen caps or ice can cause similar damage.

Hiding habits and information from the dentist

The dentist is here to help you on your path to healthy teeth and mouth. Not to judge you. So don’t lie to him and hide the facts. It’s a good idea to familiarize him or her with your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits, as this will make it easier for him or her to identify problems with your teeth and help you more easily.

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