You may be wondering why us dentists are such sticklers to the rules when it comes to brushing and flossing. You probably know that the American Dental Association set forth recommendations about how long we should brush our teeth: at least two minutes twice a day. What you may not know is exactly why it is so important to be diligent about this. Remember, even when you skip brushing your teeth before bed just one night, it’s enough to start a cavity.
Cavities can form more quickly than you’d think…
Brush every day, and brush well
ADA Spokesperson Dr. Sahota, DDS, told The Huffington Post that plaque buildup can happen very quickly. She said, “In the middle of the day, [run your tongue] across your teeth right around the gum line. You’ll find something sticky or fuzzy, that’s plaque…You can start the process of a cavity by not brushing once, absolutely.” She even warned that doing a so-so job of brushing could be just as bad as skipping brushing altogether.
The importance of removing plaque and tartar
When you do brush, make sure that you brush all surfaces of your teeth. Flossing is also equally as important, because brushing is not enough to remove plaque, which will become tartar if left sitting in one place for too long. Tartar is what causes inflammation and bleeding gums, which will eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Even if you are young and believe you still have time to be lazy with your oral hygiene habits – think again. People can lose their teeth at any time in their life if they don’t brush and floss their teeth correctly.
Why teeth cleanings with your dentist are so important
And remember, even if you are brushing twice a day and flossing daily, it is still important to see your dentist to do a teeth cleaning at least twice a year, or more frequently if you have gum disease. Even if you have great oral hygiene habits, sometimes only a dentist can remove plaque and tartar that’s hard to reach.
Have you been neglecting your oral health lately? Then don’t worry, schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning today and talk to your dentist about your oral health. Sometimes talking through why you’re struggling with oral health habits can be a good way to find solutions and make sure you are keeping your mouth healthy!
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