Is there a problem with the way you brush your teeth? The answer may be yes, and it could be for a reason that surprises you. One problem that can affect your efforts at maintaining a healthy smile is that your toothbrush is not as effective as it should be at cleaning teeth. Continued use can lead to wear on the bristles that ultimately makes it less useful. This is just one of many reasons why people are surprised to learn that they have oral health problems despite the care they put into dental hygiene. Our Rochester, MN dentist’s office can offer guidance to make your care more effective at home, just as we can provide the kind of support in the office that protects you against threats like dental decay and gum disease!
The Trouble With Using The Same Toothbrush For Too Long
When you brush, you generate friction that can wear down your brush bristles. As they continue to wear down, they can become less useful at removing bacteria and clearing away food debris, so your at-home oral hygiene efforts become less effective. Remember to replace your brush (or brush head) every three months, and to do so sooner if you can see how the bristles have started to wear down.
More Tips To Help You Care For Your Smile At Home
While some friction is inevitable, too much force when you brush can lead to more of it than necessary. This is a problem for brush wear and your teeth—over time, you can generate too much friction and cause more enamel erosion that negatively affects your smile and oral health!
Remember that brushing, while certainly important, is not all that you should do to protect your smile. Staying hydrated, limiting your sugar intake, and flossing are all important. Flossing should happen at least once a day. When it is performed properly, meaning the string is brought down to the gum line every time, it provides important defense for gum disease as well as dental decay.
Make Sure You Also Depend On Your Dentist For Preventive Care!
Remember that your regular oral health appointments are important even if you have a great hygiene routine at home. Your dentist can provide important feedback, and your hygienist provides valuable care to remove tartar buildup. This is also your opportunity to ask questions about your oral health as well as any interest you have in cosmetic dentistry.
Count On Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry For Dedicated Smile Care!
The right approach to smile care will help you avoid dental decay and gum disease, keep you safe against tartar formation, and help you preserve a lovely smile. Between important in-office care and guidance on daily oral hygiene, our Rochester, MN dental practice can help you stay on top of your dental health needs. In addition to offering dedicated preventive services for patients of all ages, we can also take on active concerns with your well-being and appearance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.