When you come to our Nashua NH dental office, you’ll be partnering with great general dental professionals who want you to keep your teeth and natural smile as long as possible. As part of your cleanings and exams, we’ll offer nutritional counseling and great at-home care technique that can improve your oral health.
Today we want to cover a few dental mistakes that you might be making. Please know that this isn’t a lecture or intended to make you feel bad about your smile. We just want to make sure that you aren’t falling into bad dental habits that can break down your teeth and hurt your smile.
If you want elite and preventive care, give us a call today at 603-546-7460. Here are a few mistakes we want to make sure you’re not making.
Brushing Too Hard And Not Long Enough
People have a tendency to brush their teeth too hard and not long enough. You probably already know that we dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day. But you might not be brushing long enough. The American Dental Association, ADA, recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at time. A study published by the ADA showed that only 7 out of 10 people in America brush their teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth for the full two minutes allows you to get all of the plaque off your teeth. Plaque is typically soft, so it’s easily removed. There is no need to brush your teeth too hard, and in fact, brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums.
Not Flossing Enough
Shocker, right? A dentist reminding you to floss. We understand that you’ve probably heard it all before, but it’s worth repeating. Plus, we have a few facts about floss for you to consider. The study we mentioned earlier also found that only about 40 percent of Americans regularly floss their teeth. Not flossing can actually increase your risk of gum disease. Consider this fact: About 35 percent of your tooth is beneath the gum line, and the best way to clean that area is with dental floss. Think about that the next time you want to skip flossing.
Skipping Your Dental Appointments
It’s recommended that you visit the dentist about once every six months. The sixth month cleanings give us a chance to clean and polish the teeth — the polishing makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to stick to the tooth. But it also gives us a chance to check the health of your teeth. We are able to find even the tiniest signs of dental decay or infection. Dental cleanings are important for two reasons:
- Preventive is ALWAYS less expensive and less of a hassle than restorative dentistry.
- We can find issues when they’re small instead of large
Visit our Nashua Dental Office Today
Our dental team is ready to meet you and provide our state-of-the-art dental care. You can schedule a visit with our office today by calling 603-244-4836.