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Are you 'over-doing' your oral health care?



Daily habits that might seem like no big deal add up over the years, setting you up for bad breath, gum recession, and sensitive teeth in the long run—but don’t worry, many of these are reversible or involve a simple change in your oral care routine! Read below to see what the dentist has to say!


BY DR. BURHENNE


Even if you think you’re doing everything right, there may be dental mistakes you’re making everyday that you’ve never considered. Daily habits that might seem like no big deal add up over the years, setting you up for bad breath, gum recession, and sensitive teeth in the long run—but don’t worry, many of these are reversible or involve a simple change in your oral care routine!

Here are the top five mistakes I see all the time, along with how to fix them so you can be well on your way to better dental health.


1. using mouthwash



Despite what a lot of advertising would have you believe, using too much mouthwash actually isn’t all that great for your dental hygiene. It disturbs the natural flora in your mouth and can even be drying, thus promoting the growth of the very bacteria you’re trying to kill! In fact, you want to nourish and promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth for great breath, cavity prevention, and even overall health.

Ever heard of taking probiotics for gut health? The same principle applies for your mouth. If you’ve been using mouthwash for a long time or have taken antibiotics at any point in your life (that’s most of us!) you can help restore this balance by including probiotic-rich foods in your diet like sauerkraut and cheese and taking a probiotic supplement. I take this one daily, which is designed specifically for dental health—it’s chewable and mint-flavored, but I actually suck on it like a lozenge to maximize the benefits.