Cleaning your teeth is a crucial aspect of your dental health. It needs to be done at least twice a day, but it also needs to be done correctly. Consider the following teeth cleaning mistakes to avoid while you pursue optimal dental health:
Using Your Toothbrush Until It’s Frayed
Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush at least four times a year? Every three months, throw out your frayed toothbrush and replace it with a new one. Bristles that remain in tact are more effective to fight plaque. (Plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and gingivitis!)
Purchasing the Wrong Toothbrush
At the top of a toothbrush package, it is labeled soft, medium, or hard. This refers to the toothbrush’s bristles. Always choose a toothbrush labeled soft or medium, as a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage delicate gum tissue and cause further problems.
Forgetting to Floss
Brushing your teeth and flossing should be a daily activity. A toothbrush can only clean the surfaces of your teeth, not the sides. To ensure optimal oral hygiene, it’s imperative to floss between your teeth at least once a day. If you just started flossing, it’s likely that your gums will bleed when you floss. This is because your gums are infected due to plaque. The floss will remove the plaque and strengthen your gums. After a few days, your gums shouldn’t bleed when you floss.
Avoiding Teeth Cleaning Appointments
Your Warner Robins dentist has the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to give your teeth a deep clean. It’s important to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment at least twice a year to ensure optimal oral health.
Dr. Strandburg and his team can answer your questions about oral hygiene and help you on your dental journey! Are you ready to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment? Contact us today.