Simple things that are bad for your teeth.

1. Not using a soft bristle toothbrush. Sounds simple enough but most people don’t pay any attention to the type of toothbrush they are using. Using a hard bristle toothbrush can irritate your gums by causing inflammation and receding gum tissue from the abrasiveness of the hard bristles. When brushing, you should focus on the hard to reach areas around the gum line and between the teeth to remove plaque buildup.  So the next time you’re at the super market, make sure the toothbrush you throw in the cart has soft bristles.

2. Using Mouthwash with alcohol. Mouthwash is mouthwash, right? Wrong. Did you know that a mouthwash with alcohol in it is actually contributing to your bad breath? Bad breath is caused by anaerobic bacteria that accumulates on the back of the tongue, ingest protein rich mouth debris, and then excretes vast amounts of volatile sulfer compounds or VSC’s. VSC’s resemble the smell of rotten eggs, decaying fish or rancid dairy products. Chlorine dioxide has been proven to kill anaerobic bacteria.

These are just some ways to help your teeth.

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