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10 mistakes that can cost you your teeth!

Thought brushing your teeth twice a day was good enough? Think again.

Written by Poorva Chavan | Published : June 24, 2015 2:29 AM IST



Do you want to save your time, money and also the pain visiting a dentist entails? Stop making these mistakes and save yourself from the misery of visiting a dentist. Don't forget to read number 10, you will be surprised!


Tooth Pick

How often do you use a toothpick to remove the food stuck in between teeth?? Stop doing it. Toothpicks cause abrasion of the teeth and can damage the base where they meet your gums that can lead to gum disease.  Also Read - 5 Dos And Don'ts For Parenting Your Teenager



I rarely floss my teeth, which is of one the big mistakes I make. You need to floss your teeth regularly to remove food particles that are stuck in between teeth. Flossing also prevents bacteria in food from attacking the gums and keeps them healthy.



Not cleaning your tongue is another big mistake you may be making. It hardly takes any time, use a tongue cleaner or your brush and scrape off all the dirt and the bad breath causing bacteria. Clean your tongue every morning and forget bad breath! Also Read - Know The Effects Of Stress And Bad Mental Health On Hair



Gargle and rinse your mouth with it to prevent dental cavities, and fight gum disease. If you have a mouth ulcer, a mouthwash helps soothe it and keeps bacteria away. Mouthwashes also help keep your breath fresh. Follow the guideline on the bottle on how to use them.



I ignored a small cavity in my one of my molar teeth, and I didn't even realise when it had become so big that food particles started getting stuck in it. I didn't care about it, and the dentist didn't care about the pain the root canal caused. Also Read - "Bathing Is An Absolute Meditation" Know From Ayurveda Expert



When was the last you visited your dentist? A year ago? Two years ago? Visit your dentist, at least once, every six months to get rid of accumulated plaque and check for cavities and other problems.



Is your toothbrush head elongated with hard bristles? Replace it. Get a branded variety with a small head and soft bristles and a grip as these brushes can easily clean hard-to-reach places.


Brushing At Night

Not many of us have a habit of brushing our teeth at night (which we should start immediately). Food particles get stuck in your teeth and the bacteria in the mouth convert sugars in your food to sugar acids. If you don't brush your teeth after dinner, these sugar acids attack the enamel of your teeth making them weak and your teeth can also appear yellow. Also Read - Tips To Avoid Toothache and Sensitivity In Winter



If you store your toothbrush in the bathroom, your toothbrush by now is dirtier than a toilet seat. A single toilet flush can spread bacteria over 10 feet away. So either you keep your toothbrush outside your bathroom, use toothbrush cover or flush with the toilet lid closed. You don’t want the fecal bacteria in your mouth do you?