Anyone who wants their teeth to be as healthy as possible should be sure they aren’t making mistakes that could be undermining their efforts. Cavities form due to different circumstances, and you can brush all you want but it won’t help if you’re brushing with the wrong technique. We’ll be sharing some tips on how to take better care of your mouth, along with covering some of the biggest mistakes people make in this area of their health.

Something relatively harmless like gum is obviously a mistake with your teeth. While most gum is bad for your teeth, it can help you in certain ways you may not know. One slight benefit is that the chewing action can help your body release some stress to some minor degree. The sweetener, Xylitol, is natural is not anything like regular sugar. In addition to contributing to cavity formation, sugar is not good for other reasons as well. If you’re hooked on artificial sweeteners, then try to get off them because they’re even more unhealthy for you.

If you are an athlete and doing a sport that involves contact, then you need to protect your teeth. Whether you are playing football, hockey or riding a mountain bike, one accident could mean losing teeth. You can prevent all types of serious injuries that can leave lasting scars. As an added benefit, there is also evidence that using a mouth guard can actually improve performance in many sports requiring strength and endurance. So people of all ages should use a mouth guard when participating in any activities that could put their teeth and jaw at risk.

You may have heard that you have to avoid certain things if you want your teeth to be as white as possible. Carbonated beverages, coffee and tea are all drinks that can contribute to stains on your teeth. There is a lot more to healthy teeth, however, that having them white -which is why you probably shouldn’t avoid green tea. It has been discovered that drinking green tea reduces your chances of developing gum disease and other dental problems. The antioxidants in green tea protect your teeth and gums from bacteria which would otherwise cause cavities and tooth decay. Whereas the fluoride that’s added to water is chemical based, green tea contains fluoride in its natural state. The concern about staining your teeth is valid, but with green tea you also have to consider how beneficial it is. If you brush regularly and get your teeth cleaned at least twice per year, this shouldn’t be a concern.

Good dental health is fundamental to your well being. It helps you look and feel better, and makes complicated dental procedures unnecessary. You can maintain better dental health by being conscientious in your daily habits. Now that you’re familiar with some typical teeth care mistakes people often make, you may be motivated to pay more attention to your teeth.