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These Oral Hygiene Mistakes You Made in Your 20s Can Hurt You in Your 30s

There is one thing everyone is afraid of, no matter their age or gender. To be more exact, there is a person: the dentist. Most people avoid going to the dentist, which can be a very dangerous practice for your health. Dentists advise on having at least one annual visit, but most people only go to the dentist when they are in pain. Unfortunately, each annual appointment you miss is going to come back to haunt you later in your life.

If your parents dragged you to the Pediatric Dentistry office when you were a child, when you become an adult, you are likely to skip the visit to the dentist, especially in your 20s, when you feel strong and healthy. But the consequences are going to come back to you in your 30s.

Ignoring oral hygiene

According to dentists, brushing your teeth daily is just not enough to maintain them healthy. You need to brush twice a day and floss. Adding mouthwash to this routine prevents tooth decay and cavities. Brushing keeps your teeth clean, while flossing removes all the remaining plaque, as the toothbrush can’t reach all the areas. Embracing this trio for your oral hygiene in your 20s is going to give you healthy gums, shiny teeth and a minty breath.

Eating junk food

When you are in your 20s you think you are young enough to have fun, but your teeth are already showing signs of your lifestyle. In other words, the enamel starts to change its color from white to yellow. This is the result of an unhealthy diet, based on coffee, junk food and soda, accompanied by cigarettes. To keep your teeth in top shape, you should adjust your diet and try to eat as many healthy foods as possible in your 20s. The results will be visible in your 30s on your smile.

Not wearing braces

Braces are seen as something for teens, but you can also need them in your adult years. Your teeth can be straightened in your 20s, so you won’t have to deal with faulty bites and all the problems which stem from teeth nonalignment. These problems include periodontal disease, gum disease and gum recession.

If you are afraid of looking like a teen, there are many types of braces which are invisible.

Brushing mistakes

In your 20s you are likely to rush things, brushing included. Most 20somethings don’t know how to brush their teeth correctly or don’t care about this. Brushing too hard or using a hard brush can damage your teeth and gums. Another mistake is using a soft brush, which is not able to effectively clean your teeth. Among the most common brushing mistakes there is also the actual brushing technique: you are supposed to drag the gum over the teeth in a gentle, yet firm vertical move. Rushing this move or not doing it correctly can damage your teeth and you can easily set the ground for a painful life of dealing with cavities and periodontal disease.