Are you flossing and brushing properly? Your oral hygiene routine is one of the most powerful methods you have for preventing oral disease. Improper or inadequate oral hygiene can literally put your health at risk and lead to the development of conditions that can be time consuming to treat.
Here we explain why your oral hygiene routine matters and what you can do about improving it.
Bacteria, Plaque, and Tartar
Our mouths are warm and wet environments. This combination makes it easy for bacteria to thrive – including harmful varieties that contribute to common diseases. These bacteria can coat our teeth, tongues, and other soft tissues as a substance called plaque.
When plaque is not removed with brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar once it’s exposed to calculus. When tartar forms, it can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing. This substance is also a major contributor to gum disease.
Tips for Effective Brushing and Flossing
Since your daily oral hygiene is your best defense against oral disease, it’s important to take a mindful and methodical approach to brushing and flossing. Proper oral hygiene can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and damage to tooth enamel.
When it comes to brushing, you should take your time. You will need about two minutes to thoroughly clean your mouth’s surfaces. You should gently brush all surfaces of your teeth along with your tongue, gums, insides of your lips, and the roof of your mouth. Be sure to use products with the ADA seal of acceptance.
Although brushing does clean the majority of our mouths, it is not enough. A toothbrush cannot reach deep between teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, will remove debris between teeth and just below the gum line. Be sure to floss once per day, preferably before you go to bed.
Even if you practice perfect oral hygiene, you still need to keep appointments for routine checkups and cleanings with our dentist.
If you have questions about oral hygiene techniques, need product recommendations, or want to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan to speak with a member of our team.