• 5 Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes

    5 Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes

    Wondering how to keep your teeth in tip-top shape by avoiding bad habits? Find out what the 5 most common oral hygiene mistakes are, and learn how to kick those bad habits before they get worse.


    Your dentist wasn’t joking when they told you “remember to floss!”. Food and bacteria build up in the mouth and gets stuck between teeth. Without regular flossing, the debris and plaque will lead to cavities and tooth decay.

    Changing your toothbrush

    Have you been using the same toothbrush for over a year? Even 6 months? 5 months…4 months? Toothbrushes scrub away bacteria from your teeth, but the bacteria has to go somewhere. That place is your toothbrush. With older toothbrushes bacteria clings to the bristles, and then ends up on your teeth during your next brush. Gross! We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months to ensure you’re not transferring any bacteria between brushes.

    Forgetting your tongue

    You’ve come so far. You’ve put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, you’ve scrubbed your teeth for 2 minutes, and then you forget your tongue! Your tongue stores most of the bacteria in your mouth. During your next brush make sure you scrub that tongue good and get off that built up bacteria.

    Brushing right after eating

    Stop having your breakfast and then brushing your teeth immediately! You should wait at least 30 minutes in between eating and brushing your teeth. Acidic foods weaken the outer tooth enamel, leading to cavities and tooth decay. Your mouth needs the 30 minutes for the saliva to neutralise the acid – so take your time in the morning!

    Avoiding dentist

    The best course of action is to get regular check-ups with your local dentist. When you avoid the dentist you run the risk of making your oral hygiene issues worse. If you suffer from dental anxiety, be rest assured that dental practitioners are trained to provide a comfortable treatment plan and swift recovery.

    At Redbank Plains Dental, your local Collingwood Park dentist, we’re here to help with all your dental health needs. To find out more about our services, contact us today.

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  • Posted by Sarah Smith on March 21, 2019, 11:28 pm

    I didn’t know that changing your toothbrush is important. I have been using the same toothbrush for the past five years. Since I am in a new city, I will start looking for a general dentist that has good online reviews.

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  • Posted by Dean Phillips on April 4, 2019, 1:32 am

    I had no idea that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth. My brother was playing football with his neighbors last week when he got elbowed in the face and broke his front tooth. It would be great if he could find a dentist that can help him repair his broken tooth.

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  • Posted by Cosmetic Dentistry Essendon on May 16, 2019, 2:43 am

    Thanks for these tips on how avoid 5 common oral hygiene mistakes. Great article very helpful.

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