Since most of us were children, the basics of at-home oral health care have wiggled their way into many places. For example, tooth care product commercials emphasized primary care, along with similar Public Service Announcements, or PSAs. That's how most of us are aware that we should brush and floss twice a day, but it's a whole other thing to actually follow through.
In Vallejo, CA, statistics suggest that only half to 70% of adults brush twice daily, and a paltry three out of ten flosses daily. So the team at Morgan Nordstrom DDS can't emphasize enough that you should start with the basics. From there, mistakes abound. However, we can help by showing you four common mistakes and how to avoid them.
#1 – Using the Same Toothbrush Too Long
If you choose one object to avoid an attachment to, it's your toothbrush. While the technology that goes into its bristles is impressive, the material was never designed to be overly durable. So if you brush with too much force, it's better for the bristles to give than for your tooth.
So you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that you replace around every three months or when the bristles are noticeably worn and out of shape. Some modern toothbrushes change colors as they wear out.
#2 – Skipping Daily Teeth Flossing
No matter how modern and powerful your toothbrush may be, your teeth have places they cannot reach. If you don't clean those areas, you only do half the job. Many people struggle with conventional floss, which is ok. You have other options, from interdental cleaners to small plastic flossers. Even water flossing is effective if you do it frequently and thoroughly.
#3 – Drinking Insufficient Amount of Water
Americans are chronically underhydrated, but you may not realize how bad that is for your teeth. The bacteria that cause tooth decay are sinister but not impervious. Just a few swishes of clear water frequently during the day rinses much of it away. In contrast, dry mouth is a condition associated with dehydration and an environment where bacteria thrive. So that's another reason to drink water frequently, while and after eating especially.
#4 – Not Brushing Long Enough
The common recommendation for brushing time is two minutes. While that doesn't sound like long, most people lose interest before reaching two minutes when brushing their teeth. One suggestion is to focus on each quadrant for 30 seconds.
We Help You with Effective At-Home Dental Care in Vallejo, CA
Our goal is to help you with excellent advice on at-home teeth care. But since regular check-ups are also indispensable, we encourage you to set up an exam and consultation today. We welcome patients of all ages from the surrounding communities of American Canyon, Benicia, Glen Cove, Crockett, Green Valley, and Napa.