Break Bad Dental Care Habits

Advances in dental care have created interventions (such as dental implants and new forms of periodontal treatment) that can restore your smile to its previous health and function. Research studies have also confirmed that it’s our daily habits – whether bad or good – that strongly influence whether you’ll need new technologies or treatments to save your teeth.

It can be hard to break old dental care habits and form new ones, but these tips can get you started on establishing the best habits for keeping problems at bay.

Tips For Forming Better Dental Care HabitsDental_Care

  1. Learn how to floss correctly. Even those who make the effort to floss may not be doing it right! You’ll need 18 inches of floss, snugly wrapped around your index fingers, and you will need to slide the floss down along the space between each individual tooth, back up, and then move to the adjacent tooth and do it again. Done properly, it could take you up to two minutes to floss all of your teeth.
  2. Improve your brushing technique. The two keys to proper tooth brushing are angle (45 degrees relative to the gumline) and motion (small circular motions on each tooth, not side-to-side).
  3. Recalibrate your scheduling of dental care The twice-a-year cadence you learned as a child has been revised to at least quarterly dental visits if you have periodontal disease. Gum disease can be insidious, returning again and again if the bacteria that causes it is not disturbed at least every 90 days. These more-frequent visits are essential to reducing the chance of a recurrence of the disease.

“It can be a real challenge to break bad dental care habits and form better ones, but it’s an investment in your future well-being,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “And you can start that road to improvement at any age!”

 

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