Kent WA Dentist | Bad Dental Habits To Break

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Not Flossing
Again, you probably figured this would be on here. And you know what, it’s for good reason. Flossing helps prevent decay and gum recession. It’s super important!

So how can you remember to floss more? Put a post-it note on your mirror as a reminder. Invest in
a flossing stick — some people find it much easier than the traditional method. Floss at the same
time each day to build up a routine.

You can also start small, setting a goal of once per week. After that settles in you may find yourself
craving a good floss after brushing.

Brushing Too Vigorously

One of the top causes of worn enamel is brushing too hard. If your arm is sore after brushing, or
you look like a cartoon sawing at your teeth, pull back on the reins. Along with your enamel, over
time this friction will also wear away your gum tissue.

Keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the base of the gums, and move the brush in a gentle, circular motion. 

Using an Old Toothbrush
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? It’s not something you often think of, right?
The problem with using an old toothbrush its frayed bristles can end up damaging your teeth
rather than cleaning them properly.

You should change your toothbrush every three to four months. A good mnemonic device is to
change your toothbrush on the first day of every new season. That way you’ll never have an old

Letting the Water Run
This one is self-explanatory, and it’s an easy fix. After you wet your tooth brush turn off the tap.
That initial wetting is all the water you’ll need. Turning off the water is good for your bill and great
for Mother Earth.

As always, contact your dental team at Seablue Dental for any oral health questions or to schedule your dental appointment.


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