If you don’t have the right information about tooth care, then most likely you’re hurting your efforts with common mistakes. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis will help, or course, but it’s what is on your teeth during the day when you can’t brush that can hurt you. You really do want to know about mistakes made with caring for your teeth and gums.

While you’ve surely heard that you should brush your teeth at least twice per day, quite a few people only do so once. People also tend to rush through the process, not giving their teeth a thorough cleaning. If you want the process to be effective, you have to brush long enough to give your mouth a good cleaning. To get the maximum benefits from brushing your teeth, you have to do it a minimum of twice every day, and for a sufficient length of time. The most important times to brush are when you first get up and before going to bed. You will also get much more out of brushing if you brush for at least two full minutes. Remember also that a toothbrush is a cleaning instrument, and therefore has to be discarded and replaced every so often. Using the same toothbrush month after month ends up becoming counterproductive, as it gets to be a germ collector. You can avoid quite a few tooth and gum issues by being more conscientious about how you brush your teeth.

Keep in mind what your teeth are designed for -chewing edible items. Your teeth were not meant to be used as pliers.

You may be able to open a bottle with your teeth, but you shouldn’t do it. A tooth can easily get chipped or broken if you bite into hard surfaces. It’s better to take the time to find the proper tool for such a task rather than use your teeth. You also have to be careful about foods such as shelled nuts. Rather than breaking nuts open with your teeth, you should invest in a nutcracker for this task. Other things to watch out for are raw popcorn kernels, olive pits and fruit pits. Just remember that your teeth can be vulnerable, so use common sense at all times.

There are various items that can create stains on your teeth, which is this one good to know if you want whiter teeth. Coffee and tea are often included on the list of beverages that can stain your teeth. A few stains, however, are not a valid reason to not drink green tea, which is good for your teeth overall. There is evidence that green tea helps prevent and treat gum disease. The antioxidants in green tea protect your teeth and gums from bacteria which would otherwise cause cavities and tooth decay. Green tea even has a small amount of natural fluoride, which is better for you than the chemical kind used in your water and in most toothpastes. So avoiding green tea out of fear it will stain your teeth doesn’t make too much sense. Getting professional teeth cleanings regularly will keep your teeth white.

Making an occasional mistake with teeth care isn’t so bad, but over time it catches up with you. How you treat your teeth and what you eat and drink all has a big impact on the health of your mouth.

Your teeth don’t need hours of care every day, but they do demand a few minutes each day. Taking better care of your teeth isn’t difficult and only requires you to follow some simple steps.