Are you practicing good oral care between your regular dental visits? Our Orlando FL dental office is here to treat your problems, but of course, we want you to stay free of dental problems altogether. Or to not fall for dental myths or misconceptions.
Overmeyer Family Dental has a professional and talented staff that will help prevent issues or get the smile you have always wanted. You can call us today at 407-705-3965 or use the online form online form to schedule a visit.
In the meantime, today we want to discuss a few things you might be doing wrong when it comes to your oral care.
We dentists talk about floss all the time, but don’t drain it out as white noise. Flossing is a great way to reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t floss!
According to the American Dental Association, about seven out of 10 Americans brush their teeth twice a day. We’d like to see that number up at 100 percent, but at least 70 percent is a majority. More concerning: the same study found that only 4 out of 10 Americans floss daily.
Flossing is the best way to remove bacteria and plaque from between your teeth and beneath the gum line. About 35 percent of your tooth is beneath the gum line, so if you’re not flossing, you neglect cleaning a sizeable portion of the tooth. If you struggle with flossing or just can’t remember, set a reminder on your phone or speak with one of our oral health professionals for some more guidance.
Not Brushing Long Enough
Brushing twice a day is a great way to prevent cavities and to remove bacteria from your teeth. But not everyone knows that you need to brush longer — instead of harder. Plaque is a very soft substance and can easily removed with brushing, but you need to brush every corner of your mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush for two minutes at a time for optimal results.
You can use technology to make sure you’re brushing long enough. There are toothbrushes for both children and adults that have timers to aid you in better brushing. And speaking of your toothbrush, it’s best practices to swap out your toothbrush, or electric toothbrush head, every three to four months.
Ignoring Dental Problems
Your teeth and gums should not hurt, so you should alert your dentist if you have dental pain. Ignoring the problem is never a good idea with your oral health. Small cavities that cause minor discomfort will turn into big cavities that can cause major discomfort or root infections. Additionally, that redness or swelling in the gums — one of the first signs of gum disease — can turn into full-blown gum disease. Gum disease concerns us because it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and this problem can quickly spread throughout the mouth.
We understand that no one wants to visit the dentist thinking they have a problem, but staying on top of your dental care is always cheaper and less invasive. Plus, you need your teeth and your smile!
Skipping Regular Dental Visits
We dentists recommend that you visit the office once every six month for a cleaning and exam. Even if you don’t have many dental issues, you still shouldn’t skip out on your dental visits. The six-month exam allows us to clean plaque from the teeth and then polish the teeth to make it harder for plaque to stick to the surface of the tooth.
Of course, the exam also allows us to check your mouth for any issues, large or small. We wrote above that your shouldn’t ignore dental pain, but what can be frustrating for patients is that you can have problems like gum disease or even root infection and feel nothing. Some patients experience extreme dental pain when they need root canal therapy, but others feel nothing. The only way to know if you have a problem is to let a professional look at your mouth and take a few X-rays, if needed.
Ruling Out Treatments Without Seeing A Dentist
This is tendency that we often see in older patients. And we understand the thinking. When they were younger, dental options were somewhat limited. You had one kind of filling and one type of crown or bridge. But technology has changed dentistry for the better just in the last few decades. The treatments are much less invasive — even painless in many cases — and we have great ways to restore your mouth. For instance, having missing teeth doesn’t mean you have to wear dentures. We can use dental implants to stabilize your teeth and give you the function you need.