As 2020 approaches, you can take the time to think about your past year, and what improvements you would like to see in the next. This reflection can help you create a list of New Year’s resolutions that produce positive changes in your life. When you think about what you should do differently, take some time to think about your current oral care routine. If you find yourself skipping the practices of brushing and flossing your teeth, if you rush through brushing, or if you are just not as attentive as you probably should be, you can set yourself up for problems that require restorative dental work. At our Seattle, WA dental office, we can talk to you about your oral hygiene practices during a routine dental exam. If it is called for, we can recommend changes to your brushing routine for 2020 – of course, if you know of a problem, don’t wait until the new year to make changes!
Poor Brushing Habits Make You Susceptible To Cavities And Gum Disease
If you are not brushing as effectively as you should be, it is more likely that you have tartar buildup on teeth currently. Tartar deposits form when concentrations of plaque are not removed in time. As they remain on your teeth, those plaque deposits harden to tartar and become difficult to remove. If this has already occurred, you can have a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Are You Making These Brushing Mistakes?
It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least two times a day, and that you spend at least two minutes giving your teeth the most thorough cleaning possible. Unfortunately, not everyone is consistent about these practices. You should re-examine your routine if you find yourself making these mistakes:
- Forgetting to brush, or skipping it deliberately because you are tired, or in a hurry to leave in the morning
- Missing certain areas of your teeth because you are rushing through brushing
- Ignoring the base of your teeth as you brush
- Holding on to the same toothbrush for more than three months
Simply put, any issues with your brushing routine that prevent you from keeping your mouth as clean as possible can lead to problems with gum disease, or may result in you requiring a dental filling or dental crown.
Your Dentist Can Talk With You About Improving Your Oral Health
If you want guidance on better brushing, talk to your dentist about your concerns during your next dental exam! These appointments are about more than just cleaning and studying your teeth. While you are in the dentist’s chair, take the time to discuss your concerns about your smile, and ask about ways to take better care of your teeth at home!
Talk To Ballard Neighborhood Dentist About Improving Your Oral Health Care
At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, you can enjoy quality preventive care, and receive helpful guidance on protecting your smile at home. For more information, please call our Seattle, WA dental practice at 206-789-2555.