You’ve been learning about preventive care dental care since the time you were itty bitty. Even if you never learned it at home, you almost definitely learned about it in school! However, when we are teaching kids these skills, we don’t often expound on the finer details of why we do these things. So, we’re going to take basic preventive care to the next level by explaining some little known bits of information about the preventive care that you should be doing every day.
Floss Removes 40% of Bacteria – That’s right, nearly half of the bacteria on the surface of your teeth is removed with floss. Imagine the results if you choose not to floss at all.
Brushing Requires Time – Brushing your teeth is not a race. The American Dental Association recommends brushing no shorter than two minutes per brushing session. That two minutes gives you time to amply cover every surface in your mouth, and it gives the fluoride in your toothpaste a chance to do some good.
Antibacterial/Antiseptic Mouthrinses Are Best – You might reach for a mouthwash because you like the taste, but it’s not doing anything for your teeth. If you want to clear bacteria from your mouth, you need to use a mouthrinse with an antibacterial label on the front.
Preventive dental care is a very important aspect of your overall oral health situation. By taking care of your teeth, you are preventing serious infections and decay that cost you time, money, and discomfort to take care of. Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and exam. We can’t wait to help you get a happier, healthier smile!