The “little” mistakes you make when it comes to your oral health can lead to bigger consequences than you might realize. In a short amount of time, bacteria and other materials in your mouth can cause the formation of plaque; after a plaque deposit forms, it can harden to form tartar. When plaque and tartar buildup affect a person’s smile, it can be difficult to avoid problems with tooth decay and gum disease. While regular dental exams and cleanings can result in the removal of harmful agents on teeth, it is important to note how preventing the buildup of these materials can keep you safe from dental problems before your next appointment. Our Rochester, MN dentist’s office helps patients stay safe by providing guidance on oral health care at home on top of providing preventive care during checkups.
Common Mistakes People Make While Brushing
When you evaluate your current approach to brushing your teeth, should you worry more about how often you brush, or how thorough you are when you care for your smile? Both of these factors matter if you want to do a good job caring for your oral health. If you do not brush often enough, you can allow plaque and tartar accumulation to occur. This can also happen if you are not brushing thoroughly, because the areas of your smile you miss can become spaces where plaque and tartar have an easier time forming. In addition to making sure you brush consistently AND thoroughly, consider the following:
- Replace a toothbrush after three months of use, or at a point where you think the bristles appear worn
- Check on the toothpaste that you are using – it should contain fluoride, and contain an ADA seal of approval
- Make sure you clean at the base of your teeth, which helps you fight problems with gum disease
Are You Flossing Often Enough?
Flossing helps you remove pieces of food that might feel painful or awkward when wedged between teeth. It also helps you fight the buildup of bacteria and food debris that you may not feel. Unfortunately, people sometimes fail to consider that latter benefit, and do not make flossing a part of their daily routine. Not flossing can make it easier for bacteria to gather, and it can make you more vulnerable to cavities as well as gum disease.
Dehydration Can Make It Harder To Protect Your Smile
Throughout each day, our body will produce saliva to help us digest food, wash away food debris stuck to teeth, and fight oral bacteria buildup. If you often fail to drink a sufficient amount of water, you can become vulnerable to dry mouth, a period of time where you are not producing enough saliva. People who frequently experience this issue can have a more difficult time avoiding dental problems.
Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry Helps Rochester Families Protect Their Teeth
Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments for patients in and around the Rochester, MN community. To learn more, you can reach our Rochester dentist’s office at (507) 281-3659.