Find out if you are truly doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean.
Caring for your smile shouldn’t be difficult and yet there are so many people dealing with cavities and gum disease. If you are wondering what you can do to keep these issues from happening to you, then you’re in luck; our Downingtown, PA, general dentist, Dr. Carl Horchos, is here to offer up some simple ways for you to maintain good oral hygiene:
Brushing is Critical
Yes, we know that everyone understands that brushing is necessary for healthy teeth and gums; however, you might be surprised to know that your brushing habits just aren’t up to snuff.
Do you fall asleep before you get a chance to brush your teeth? Do you often forget to brush your teeth in the mornings before hopping in the car to work? Do you rush through your brushing routine? If you said “yes” then it’s time to reevaluate your brushing habits. Here is some advice for you:
- Make sure you brush at least twice a daily, ideally in the morning and again at night before bedtime
- Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth (set a timer, if necessary)
- Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities
- Replace your toothbrush head every three to four months, or once the bristles start to fray
Don’t Forget to Floss
While most people make a habit of brushing their teeth they don’t often floss as often as they should, or at all! It’s important to floss at least once a day to remove plaque from between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into those tight spaces between teeth but floss can. If you only brush your teeth you won’t get your teeth and gums as clean as they should be. To prevent cavities from forming between teeth you should floss daily.
We know this is easier said than done and while our Downingtown dentist won’t say that a sweet treat every now and again will cause irreparable damage to your teeth, if you are someone who consumes a lot of soda (even diet soda), fruit juices, desserts and other sugary treats then you may just find yourself dealing with some serious decay down the road.
Do you have questions about your at-home dental routine? Curious to know what toothbrush will be the best option for you? Do you need to schedule your routine dental cleaning? Then call Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA, today.