Oral hygiene can be easy to maintain, but there are a few key rules to follow. Many of our adult patients experience cavities and other dental health complications because of simple mistakes. The American Dental Association says that you should brush your teeth twice a day. But, mistakes come in when our patients brush incorrectly or use the wrong products to maintain their dental hygiene. You should also come in to see us at least every six months, not just when you have a problem. We will give you more information about maintaining dental hygiene at your appointment.
You should brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once daily. You also need to make sure you brush for long enough to get all of the debris and bacteria off of your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes each time. You should brush in the morning and at night. It should also take you about two minutes to properly floss your teeth. In general, just make sure you get in between each of your teeth to pull out any debris. Also, do not avoid flossing just because you have some bleeding. This is actually quite normal if you do not floss very often. The more you floss, the less you will bleed.
Using the Wrong Products
You should use a toothpaste with fluoride. This is a mineral that makes your teeth stronger and protects you against various types of dental damages. Many people will replace floss with mouthwash, but this does not provide the same amount of cleaning as flossing does. In addition, many people also use various non-ADA (American Dental Association) approved whitening products. These can be damaging to your teeth, causing decay, discoloration in the long term, and other issues.
For more information about proper oral hygiene methods, contact us now. We would love to help inform you about these mistakes so you can avoid them.