How do you feel about your oral hygiene technique? Are you confident that you’re following all the right steps but wonder why you still occasionally get cavities?
Over time, our oral hygiene habits can get a little haphazard; but it’s also possible that you never really learned the right technique in the first place. We've corrected a few of the most common misconceptions here:
Don’t Brush Immediately after Eating
Brushing right after you eat is good advice for certain foods; but if you have consumed acidic foods or drinks like soda, you should wait about 20 minutes. The reason is that there are two sources of acid; those in your beverage and those produced in your mouth while bacteria consume carbohydrates.
If you brush immediately, you risk pushing the acid further into the dental enamel. A better idea is to rinse with water after eating to help wash some of the acid away and then to brush 20 minutes later.
Don’t Skip Your Tongue While Brushing
You may feel a little silly brushing your tongue, but doing so has significant benefits. Your tongue is just as much a target for bacteria as your teeth because bacteria-filled biofilm develops and settles in its uneven surfaces. If not removed, it can lead to dental damage and bad breath.
Rinsing with mouthwash only removes the cells on the surface, so brushing is necessary to thoroughly remove all the bacteria and leave you with a fresh smile that’s as clean as it can be.
Don’t Give Up Flossing If Your Gums Bleed
If your gums bleed routinely, it’s not the fault of the floss. It’s likely a gum infection that developed because at some point you weren’t flossing properly or maybe you skipped the routine altogether.
This is exactly the time when you should step up your flossing routine and call your dentist in Bonita Springs to arrange an exam and professional dental cleaning. During your cleaning appointment, your hygienist will be happy to explain how you can get the most out of your hygiene routine.
Call Bonita Grande Dental for An Appointment
Would you like more helpful oral hygiene tips? Please call Dr. Michael Gostigian to arrange an appointment for an exam and cleaning so we can answer your questions.