A healthy smile depends on the strength of your oral hygiene routine. Failing to brush thoroughly or floss regularly can increase your risk of cavities, bad breath and gum disease. South Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steven Hinchey shares a few signs that may mean that your oral hygiene routine can stand some improvement.
You forget to brush at night sometimes
Do you ever fall asleep on the couch, then get up to go to bed without brushing your teeth? When you neglect to brush your teeth at night (or in the morning) cavity-causing flourishes. Plaque, a sticky bacterial coating, causes problems when it mixes with sugars in foods. Once you bite into a chocolate bar or eat a handful of carbohydrate-laden potato chips, a chemical reaction occurs that triggers the creation of acids. These acids are so strong that they can attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Brushing your teeth every morning and evening without fail is the simplest way to reduce plaque and lower your cavity risk
You're the speediest brusher in your house
If you value speed over thoroughness, you may also be at risk of tooth decay. The more time you spend brushing your teeth, the better. In fact, experts recommend that you spend at least two minutes brushing your pearly whites.
You floss - when you remember
Plenty of people who brush regularly aren't great flossers. Unfortunately, plaque can build up between your teeth too. If you don't get rid of it by flossing every day, it can cause cavities between your teeth. When plaque remains on your teeth for about 10 days, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar. Tartar can cause gum disease and can't be removed at home. Fortunately, removing plaque and tartar build up is an important part of your regular dental checkups.
You don't use oral care products that contain fluoride
Products that contain fluoride counteract the effects of acids. Fluoride strengthens areas of tooth enamel weakened by acids and helps prevent cavities. Every toothpaste that contains fluoride carries the American Dental Association seal of approval on its packaging. If you don't see the seal, the toothpaste doesn't contain fluoride.
Protect your teeth with excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Call South Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steven Hinchey at (860) 633-6518 to schedule your appointment.