Do you sometimes worry that what you know about preventing dental problems could actually be wrong? If you have struggled with cavities, frequently in the past, there is a chance that you could and should be doing more to protect your teeth and gums’ health. If your gums appear inflamed and irritated, you could also be struggling with poor oral health caused by a lack of proper hygiene, or other shortcomings in your preventive care. Fortunately, it is not hard to maintain great oral health. You just need to know what is actually required to adequately care for your smile.
There are many common misconceptions about what it takes to keep one’s smile in great health. Learning the truth behind proper preventive care can help ensure you maintain a lovely and healthy smile.
Myth: It’s bad to brush teeth more than twice a day.
Most adults were taught, as children, to brush their teeth twice a day. So they stick to that routine throughout their lives. Actually, though, it can be helpful to brush one’s teeth a third time each day, generally after lunch.
This can reduce how much time the bacteria in your mouth have to feed on the food particles that are left behind after you eat. It can, therefore, help to reduce the likelihood of developing cavities and reduce the chance of developing gum disease as well.
Myth: Mouthwash can take the place of flossing.
Some people believe that using mouthwash can help take the place of flossing. While mouthwash can be a great addition to a dental hygiene routine, it should not be considered a substitute for flossing. Flossing helps to remove food particles from between the teeth, where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
Myth: Visiting the dentist once a year is all that is needed for a healthy smile.
Dental visits are crucial for maintaining healthy smiles. Routine preventive care should include professional checkups and cleanings at least once every six months, but in many cases, more frequent dental care I actually needed in order to adequately prevent cavities, as well as gum disease.
That’s because genetic factors, dietary concerns, and other environmental contributors can all lead to poor oral health. To prevent problems, before they start, make sure you visit the dentist regularly to have plaque removed from your teeth.