Which Types of Oral Hygiene Mistakes Do We See the Most?


Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
Which Types of Oral Hygiene Mistakes Do We See the Most?We all love to look at people on TV with amazing issues with their oral hygiene. For example, we still can't get the picture out of our minds of the man who had extremely long front teeth, much like a rabbit. Or perhaps the woman whose front teeth are crossed? Or a child who never has any of their teeth come in?

While we all love to look at oddities, there are some problems with oral hygiene that are really commonplace. However, just because they are commonplace doesn't mean that they aren't important. Keep reading for some common oral hygiene mistakes.

Tooth Decay from Not Brushing Properly

Tooth decay is one of the most common occurring diseases in body, and it is preventable. Because it is one of the most common diseases in the body, it is also the most common disease we see. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to watch what you are eating. Don't eat too many sweets.

You also need to make sure you brush and floss your teeth twice a day every day. A disease that goes hand in hand with tooth decay is gum disease, which is also very common. As with tooth decay, make sure you are limiting the amount of sugar you eat, and that you are brushing and flossing twice a day.

Sensitive Teeth from Enamel Erosion

Sensitive teeth can be very painful. We see a lot of people with sensitive teeth, especially in midlife and beyond. People who have sensitive teeth find it painful to drink very cold or very hot drinks. This could mean that you may have spots on your teeth where decay has eaten away at the enamel. It could also mean you may have a nerve that is exposed.

Halitosis from Not Getting the Mouth Totally Clean

Another very common condition we see quite frequently is halitosis, or bad breath. Of all of the conditions we treat, this one may be one of the easiest. In some cases, medication may be causing the problem. Or, an adult may need to brush and floss more effectively. Keeping the mouth hydrated may also help.

If you have questions about any condition you may have in your mouth, why not give us a call? We would love to talk to you about your dental issues!
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