Most of us have been hearing about the importance of dental health since our earliest years, yet it’s still easy to get lax with good oral hygiene practices—or to develop bad habits. Here are some habits to avoid as you strive to keep your mouth healthy:

Bad Oral Hygiene Habits

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  • Brushing too often and too hard – You can have too much of a good thing. Brushing too often or too hard can result in damage to the tooth enamel. You should wait for at least 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth to give the acids from the food time to dissipate. Brush gently two to three times a day.
  • Forgetting to floss – It’s easy to go to bed at night or rush out the door in the morning without flossing. Failing to floss, however, could allow bacteria to build up in between teeth and cause dental caries and gum disease.
  • Skipping the mouthwash – Mouthwash can get into the nooks and crannies of the teeth where brushing and flossing cannot reach. Mouthwash also disinfects the mouth to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Just make sure to go easy on the mouthwash; if you use it too frequently, you could dry out the mouth’s mucous membranes and curb your saliva production.
  • Not rinsing after meals and snacks – Rinsing your mouth after meals and snacks is your best option if you cannot brush your teeth. Rinsing will remove food particles that get stuck in your mouth and deprive bacteria of their food source.

Taking care of your oral health will prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Tooth decay can be hard to recognize, so make sure to see your dentist regularly. He or she can see the early signs of tooth decay and address them before they advance. If your tooth decay does become severe, you could end up with a missing tooth. For help with a missing tooth in the Bountiful area, contact Layton Implants.