As one of the leading preventive care dentists in Port Hueneme, the team at All Care Dental by the Sea believes that knowledge is power. That’s why we wanted to write a little about not only the importance of brushing and flowing – which most people are aware of – but provide some tips to ensure that you’re using best practices to protect your oral and general health.
Think about it. If you do the same thing twice a day for umpteen years, it’s easy to lose focus of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. And when that happens, a margin-for-error window can open without you realizing it.
To that end, here’s a quick refresher course on the importance of regular brushing and flossing to ensure not only optimum oral health but optimum general health too!
Ignoring a small cavity can lead to a big consequence in your general health. Although they may start small in size, they can lead to severe infection and eventual tooth loss – which has its own set of downfalls.
Instead of having to worry about such an eventuality, make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day (or after each meal if you have the convenience of doing so) and floss before bedtime (or more often if needed).
Even though it’s hard to brush and floss “too often” rather than “not enough,” it is possible to brush and floss “too hard,” which can cause a loss of tooth enamel, damage to your gums, and more.
Instead of wondering about the best techniques to use for your oral condition, our dentist will recommend what’s best for your exact condition. For example, if you find it difficult to floss and instead elect not to floss, we can demonstrate tools and techniques to make the routine easier.
And remember, if your gums bleed when you brush or floss, that’s an immediate indicator that it’s time for a preventive dental exam near you in Port Hueneme, CA.
Healthy gums should never bleed, and if yours do, it’s a sign of an oral health concern or a sign that you might be brushing and flossing too hard and need some pointers on changing your oral health routine.