Over half of UK adults haven’t visited the dentist in the last two years.
Our oral and dental hygiene is incredibly important but surprisingly, UK adults make several common mistakes that affect the impact of their daily dental routine. This list identifies key dental mistakes you might be making, which could lead to oral health complications in the future.
1) Avoiding the Dentist
Incredibly half of UK adults haven’t visited the dentist in the last two years. Regular dental visits are vital in maintaining your oral health and dental hygiene. We recommend visiting the dentist every six months.
“Dental checkups are fundamentally important because dentists are able to prevent or stop cavity problems, which are impossible to detect by yourself.”
2) Changing Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes are very important for your dental hygiene routine. They scrub away a lot of bacteria and plaque that forms on and around your teeth. But a common mistake people make is not replacing it regularly.
“Bacteria can remain attached to the bristles of an older toothbrush.”
You should look to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you’ve noticed that your toothbrush bristles are losing their shape, we recommend replacing it.
3) Not Using Fluoride
Tooth decay is a very common dental issue that affects many UK adults daily. Although it’s important to ensure children don’t get overexposed to fluoride, a dental mistake adults are making is ditching fluoride toothpaste entirely.
“Natural remedies are becoming popular, but they lack the necessary amount of fluoride needed in protecting your teeth from decay.”
Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel around each tooth, protecting it from everyday substances like drinks and food. This prevents cavities in the teeth and any other infections that might arise.
Bacteria and other germs can always be found stuck in-between your teeth, and they may be unreachable from your toothbrush. Daily flossing has numerous dental health benefits such as; preventing bad breath, prevents plaque build-up and most importantly, helps prevents gum disease.
“Flossing after each meal is a great way in preventing food and bacteria from being stuck in-between your teeth.”
5) Brushing Your Tongue
Although your tongue isn’t at risk for developing cavities, a common dental mistake people make is forgetting about brushing their tongue entirely! Because the tongue isn’t smooth, bacteria can tuck away in-between the crevices along the tongue’s surface.
“Brushing your tongue can be a common solution for bad breath after bacteria and plaque have been removed from its surface.”