Make 2021 the year to kick bad dental habits to the curb! Caring for your teeth and gums prevents inconvenient dental problems and supports a healthy, attractive smile. Here are some of the most common inadequate dental hygiene habits and how to avoid them:
- Aggressive brushing! Only light pressure is needed to brush your teeth effectively. Some people feel like they really need to scrub, but that’s not so. Brushing too forcefully wears down the protective layer of enamel on your teeth, and is not necessary to the task of whisking away food debris and plaque buildup.
- Using an old, worn-out toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles begin to look frayed and worn. These bristles won’t clean your teeth effectively.
- Neglecting to floss daily. Flossing is the means of removing food and plaque buildup from in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing will keep plaque production down, which prevents cavities, gum disease, and may even reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Brief brushing sessions. You should brush for 2 minutes per session. This is enough time to get to all of the surfaces of the teeth while using only gentle pressure.
- Skipping dental cleanings and checkups. The dental hygienist who performs the cleaning removes built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is the kind of buildup that you can’t remove with a toothbrush and floss, so it’s a necessary component of overall dental health.
We all have such busy schedules and lives these days, but it’s important to set aside 5-10 minutes for your dental hygiene routine. It will pay off in the long run because you are laying the groundwork for good dental health. With the right hygiene, you can prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental problems.
Each person has unique dental health circumstances and needs. Our dentists provide individualized guidance so you can achieve and maintain optimum oral health. To schedule your next appointment, please call the Smile Centre in Sarasota. Reach us in Palm Aire at 941-351-4468 or South Trail at 941-366-3636.