Over the years, Dr. Hinze has seen a lot of cavities, gingivitis and broken teeth. But, there are some easy ways to avoid some of these dental situations. Here are Dr. Hinze’s tips on habits to avoid to prevent dental problems:
- Brushing Too Hard. Many people brush with long back and forth motions. But, Dr. Hinze recommends brushing in a slow circular motion with half the toothbrush on the gum and half on the teeth. He also recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede and expose the tooth’s roots.
- Not Flossing. Flossing removes plaque and excess food that your toothbrush doesn’t reach. It also helps prevent gum disease, prevents diabetes and reduces bad breath. Dr. Hinze recommends flossing daily.
- Not Brushing Enough. The American Dental Association and Dr. Hinze recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Brushing removes plaque that contains bacteria and eventually causes cavities.
- Chewing On Hard Items (example: ice cubes, hard candy and fingernails). Biting down on an ice cube or piece of candy could cause the tooth to split, a problem Dr. Hinze has seen in his office quite a bit lately! Dr. Hinze even experienced this painful condition himself and had to extract his own tooth! Avoid biting hard candies, chewing fingernails and ice to prevent painful dental experiences.
- Eating/Drinking Acidic Foods. Acidic food and drinks, such as pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, sodas, processed meats and especially white wine leave acid on the teeth that can easily turn into decay. Dr. Hinze recommends that if you eat any of these foods to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Acidic foods can soften the tooth’s enamel for a short time, and brushing too soon after eating may damage the enamel, creating a prime spot for decay.
Call Dr. Hinze at (308) 995-5531 for more information or to schedule your next dental appointment.