Oral Hygiene Mistakes You Might Be Making
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on March 16, 2020
Dr. Ann Sielicki and the team at Sonoran Dental Design cannot overstate the importance of keeping your mouth clean with at-home oral hygiene practices. Taking good care of your teeth and gums allows you to enjoy a beautiful smile and optimal dental function for many years.
Unfortunately, oral hygiene mistakes are commonplace. You might not even realize you are brushing or flossing improperly until your dentist diagnoses you with a cavity or gum disease.
Here, Dr. Sielicki reveals four widespread oral hygiene mistakes that you might be making.
Not Brushing At Night
It’s tempting to skip brushing your teeth at bedtime, especially after a busy day. But your teeth should be as clean as possible before you go to sleep. Food particles get stuck between your teeth and along your gumline during the day, and your mouth naturally produces less saliva at night to wash away this debris.
Be sure to brush your teeth both in the morning as you start your day, and again at night before going to sleep.
Using Poor Brushing Technique
Brushing your teeth too aggressively damages your tooth enamel and gums. Your gums may recede and you may expose the layer of dentin under your tooth enamel; both of these problems can lead to sensitivity and discomfort.
How do you know if you are brushing too hard? Look at the bristles of your toothbrush. If they are bending or fraying, you may need to use a gentler technique. Or, you might want to consider investing in an electric or ultrasonic toothbrush that does all the work for you.
Not Brushing Your Gums
It’s important to brush your whole mouth, and not just your teeth. Bacteria can collect along your gumline and infect your gum tissue. Brush in small circles, slowly cleaning your gums with your toothbrush (and remember, don’t scrub too hard!).
Not Flossing Properly
Flossing is a critical piece of oral hygiene because it dislodges food and bacteria that get trapped in between the teeth, where a toothbrush cannot reach. Wrap a piece of floss in a C-shape around each tooth, slowly moving the floss up and down along the sides of the tooth to remove food particles and bacteria. Floss at least once a day, and do not stop flossing if you notice your gums bleed. Bleeding gums are unhealthy gums, but the more you floss, the healthier your gums will be and the less they will bleed.
Contact Sonoran Dental Design Today
Another critical piece of any oral health routine is seeing a dentist at least every six months for an exam and cleaning. If you are due for your next appointment, please call or email Sonoran Dental Design today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily