Taking care of your teeth on a daily basis is a real must. However, you would be surprised at how many people don’t take the time to do simple things like floss and brush to maintain good oral health. When they don’t take good care of their teeth, they find themselves sitting in the dental chair spending money that they didn’t have to spend had they just taking care of their teeth.

We tend to commit time and effort to the things that we value the most, but many times we don’t place that same value on our health and especially our oral health. When we don’t take the time to take care of our teeth, we are giving ourselves an opportunity for decay to take over in our mouth. This decay not only causes cavities but can also lead to gum disease which can lead to other more serious health conditions like heart disease.

That’s why it is important to keep regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings so that you can stay on top of your oral health and make sure that your teeth stay strong and natural. This also includes making sure you stay with a good oral hygiene regimen at home.

Many people don’t spend enough time brushing their teeth. They may only brush one time a day and spend as little as just a minute doing it. A large portion of the society never flosses, and therefore bacteria builds up between the teeth in the gums causing decay to set in. When decay sets in, it is irreversible, and the dentist will have to clean out the tooth and prepare it for a filling. This becomes unnecessary time and expense spent at the dental office.

Proper Brushing

Brushing and flossing are something we all learn at an early age.  The proper way to brush your teeth takes less than 2 minutes, although many people tend to spend much longer, or much less.  Most adults tend to spend less than a minute, which isn’t enough time to clean your teeth.  To get the right amount of time brushing, you should try using a stopwatch while you brush.  Some of the newer “sonic” toothbrushes like Oral-B or Phillips has, have a timer with it and can actually guide you through the process.

When you brush your teeth, you should avoid using pressure but instead use short, gentle strokes.  You should focus on hard to reach places, and make sure that you get the areas between your teeth as well.  You should also make sure you get eating surfaces as well, along with your upper and lower gums.  If you focus on all areas of your mouth, you’ll get everything when you brush.

Replacing Your Toothbrush

One thing most people don’t think about when it comes to brushing is replacing their toothbrush.  Some people will use the same brush for a year or more.  It really needs to be replaced about every two months.

Flossing

Flossing seems to be a nasty word with some people and most hate doing it, but to have a healthy mouth and keep the gums healthy, you will need to floss.  There are several good brands to choose from, but the main thing is just to do it.

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, then give us a call and set up an appointment for and exam and cleaning.   Let’s find out if you have any problems, get them treated and then maintain your oral health for years to come.

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