Do you routinely brush and floss yet you find yourself frequently getting cavities? Perhaps during your bi-annual cleaning, the dental hygienist told you that there are some spots you seem to be neglecting. Certain areas of the mouth are commonly missed by many people during brushing. If you have been told that you are missing areas during your cleaning routine, you are not alone. However, it is important to know that missing spots during brushing can lead to a buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. So, skipping even just one part of your mouth can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A few of the following tips integrated into your routine can help you make sure you are brushing correctly.
A common problem is that people tend to brush their teeth too quickly. Brushing too quickly can mean that you do not give yourself a chance to reach all the surfaces of the teeth. Quick brushing could also mean that you did not spend an adequate amount of time in each area. There are some toothbrushes can be purchased equipped with timers that can help you reach that two-minute minimum. There are phone apps that can be used to make sure you spend the right amount of time brushing. It can be helpful to find a two-minute long song to play while you are brushing to help train you to brush long enough.
A commonly neglected parts of the teeth is on the insides facing the tongue. Typically, people tend to be very diligent about brushing the front of their teeth, but tend to forget about the surfaces that they cannot see. During your brushing session, it is important to brush each tooth and every surface that you can. Better brushing can help you remove any buildup of leftover food and bacteria, which can help lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Improved brushing can be an important part of your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.