Watch Out For These 2 Dental Mistakes To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Posted on: 27 March 2017

Taking care of your teeth each day is important not only for keeping your teeth in great shape but also for your body. You may be making some dental mistakes and not even realize you are doing it. Below are two of these mistakes so you can stop doing them.

Sharing Toothbrushes

If you and your spouse share each other's toothbrush you need to stop. Even though you kiss, have sex, and may even taste food off their spoon periodically, sharing a toothbrush is very bad for your teeth and overall dental health.

When you brush your teeth with your spouse's toothbrush, you are sharing your germs with them. If you have any type of gum disease, you are sharing this also.

If your spouse brushes their teeth and their gum's bleed, small amounts of blood can get on their toothbrush. The blood may be so small that you could not see it. If they do not rinse their toothbrush well and you use their toothbrush, you can get this blood in your mouth, which can get in your bloodstream and cause diseases. For example, hepatitis is a type of bloodstream disease, and it is highly infectious.

Your spouse's toothbrush could harbor bacteria, such as streptococcus mutans, which is the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. If your spouse brushes their teeth after dinner and does not rinse their toothbrush well when they finished, you could then get some of what they ate in your mouth.

Ignoring Bad Breath

If you have bad breath, this could be due to a dental problem. If you ignore your bad breath, this would result in these dental problems becoming much worse.

There are many dental problems that can cause bad breath including:

  1. Cavities: You can get cavities if you have plaque on your teeth, and this plaque combines with starches and sugars. This is because these starches and sugars forms acid on your teeth, which causes the teeth to erode.
  2. Gum disease: If you do not take proper care of your teeth, you can get gum disease, such as periodontists and gingivitis. If not taken care of, this can lead to tooth loss.
  3. Dry mouth: Dry mouth happens when the saliva glands in your mouth are not working properly.  
  4. Oral cancer: You dentist can check you for oral cancer at each dental cleaning to help catch it early.

Your dentist can go over these things with you in much more detail so you can take proper care of your teeth. Contact a dental office like DSW Dental for more information.