7 Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes


Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly are great ways to keep your teeth healthy. Even though both activities are relatively simple, do not be surprised to find out you are doing them the wrong way. Here are some of the most common oral hygiene mistakes people make.

Common oral hygiene mistakes

1. Brushing your teeth immediately after a meal

Even though dentists recommend brushing your teeth after every meal, they do not mean you should do it immediately after you eat. Dentists suggest brushing your teeth 45 minutes to an hour after your meal because the acids and sugars in the food you ate temporarily weaken your enamel. Brushing immediately after a meal can wear your weakened enamel down some more.

2. You do not spend enough time brushing your teeth

Some people brush their teeth as if they were late for a marathon, speeding through the process. Unfortunately, rushing while brushing your teeth does not get the job done and can lead to oral health problems down the line because you did not spend enough time cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue. According to the American Dental Association, you should spend two minutes brushing your teeth every time you brush them.

3. You start at the same position

One of the most common oral hygiene mistakes people make is that they start brushing their teeth in the same place every time, without even realizing it. The problem with starting at the same position every time you brush your teeth is some parts of your teeth get more attention than other parts even though you are supposed to spend equal time on each part.

4. You ignore other parts of your mouth

While they are brushing their teeth, some people focus only on their teeth and ignore their gums and tongue. Even though they brush their teeth regularly, they are putting themselves at risk of getting gum disease and a serious case of bad breath because of all the bacterial buildup on their tongues.

5. You brush your teeth aggressively

Some people believe the harder they brush their teeth the cleaner it will be, which is very inaccurate. Brushing your teeth aggressively can damage your enamel and weaken your teeth. It can also lead to your teeth becoming more sensitive and damage your gums.

6. You use the wrong toothbrush

Toothbrushes come in different sizes, which is why you should not pick up any random toothbrush when you go to the store. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, you should be using a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you have a small mouth, you should use a smaller brush.

7. You don’t drink a lot of water

Water is very important to oral health because it helps prevent dry mouth, which leads to bad breath. Tap water is good for your oral health because it contains fluoride, which helps to fight cavities and strengthen your enamel. Not drinking enough water is detrimental to your oral health and it is one of the biggest oral hygiene mistakes you can make.


Plenty of people make oral hygiene mistakes unknowingly. If you want to make sure you are taking care of your oral health the right way, talk to your dentist and ask for advice on taking proper care of your oral health.

Request an appointment here: https://planodentist.net or call James M. Adkins, DDS at (469) 393-0479 for an appointment in our Plano office.

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