Generally speaking very few people have ‘perfect’ oral hygiene and most tend to have one or more areas where it could use improvement. In particular people tend to have several habits that adversely affect their oral hygiene – and could even lead to dental issues if left unchecked.
Out of these habits, the four most common tend to be:
• Eating too many sugary and sweet foods and drinks
Most people like to indulge their sweet tooth here and there, but as you probably know – too much sugar is bad for your teeth. If you’re consuming sugary and sweet foods on a regular basis then you’ll find that your mouth is going to be generating a lot more acid and that can lead to cavities as well as other issues. The solution to this habit is simple: Make a conscious effort to stop eating so many sugary foods.
Of course sweet drinks such as sodas are also a big culprit, and if you tend to have quite a few of those or even take a lot of sugar in your coffee or tea – that could be an equal problem.
• Not flossing and brushing with poor technique
As much as most people are fully aware that it is recommended they brush at least twice a day and floss once a day – many people tend to skip on flossing. Generally people do brush their teeth twice a day, but a lot of people do so with poor technique that is ineffective and not thorough.
It takes a bit of effort to learn good flossing and brushing techniques, and then to get into the habit of doing so on a regular basis. That being said, it is an essential part of oral hygiene and is really a ‘must’.
• Insufficient nutrition from diet
How well-balanced is your diet? If you’re not getting enough nutrients then your oral hygiene is going to be effected – particularly if you’re lacking on Calcium, Vitamin D, or Vitamin C. Generally it is going to help your oral health along with your overall health a lot if you try to consume a well-balanced diet that is high on nutrition, and you should seek advice if you need some help in doing so.
Breaking these habits won’t be easy, but it is an essential part of developing strong oral hygiene habits in their place. In short it is certainly worth the effort and you should visit a dentist in Poole at the Upton Dental, 671 Blandford Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset BH16 5EF if you need further help and advice. Be especially certain to visit your dentist at least once every six months for a regular check-up as that’s certainly a habit worth having too.