Visiting your dentist twice per year is an important step to take if you want to preserve the health of your teeth throughout your lifetime. While visiting your dentist for cleanings and checkups is important, you can’t rely on those visits alone. You also need to keep your teeth healthy between dental visits by cleaning at home. You already know you’re supposed to be brushing your teeth twice per day, but are you actually doing it? When you brush your teeth, are you doing a thorough job? How often are you flossing? If you want to extend the life of your teeth, make sure you are taking the necessary steps.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day, and Really Brush
Brushing your teeth is the most basic care step that you can take to keep your teeth clean. Brushing physically removes bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. If you don’t remove that bacteria, it will eventually form a cavity. Bacteria can live on every surface of your teeth, which is why it’s so important to reach each surface when you brush. It’s recommended that you brush for about two minutes per session, but you really need to focus on actually reaching each surface of your teeth and adequately cleaning them. An electric toothbrush may help.
Electric Toothbrushes Make Brushing More Efficient
If you don’t currently use an electric toothbrush, this is one way to upgrade your oral health routine right away. Electric toothbrushes help you complete the brushing motion more efficiently. The rapid movement of the brush head can disrupt bacterial buildup on any tooth surface. Since that movement is already happening, it makes it much easier to clean teeth that are difficult to reach with your toothbrush, like molars. Getting used to an electric toothbrush may take a few brushing cycles, but the end result is undeniably positive.
Start Flossing Your Teeth, and Actually Flossing
Now is the time. If you haven’t been flossing up to this point, this is the time to start. Find whatever kind of floss product you will actually use — whether it’s traditional dental floss, individual floss sticks, or a water pick. Set reminders for yourself and ingrain flossing into your daily routine to make sure it happens. Flossing reaches surfaces of your teeth that you simply can’t adequately reach with a toothbrush, even an electric toothbrush. It can be difficult to start, but once you begin flossing, you’ll see the benefits.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy at Melrose Dental Arts
The current public health situation has created difficulties for everyone. We are asking that patients only come into the office for necessary dental procedures and reschedule elective procedures for a later date. If you have a dental emergency, you can reach out to the office for help. Contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling our office at 760-724-9117.