3 Reasons To Change Up Your Approach To Brushing

3 toothbrushesHow effective as your effort to prevent cavities been? Have you been able to stop plaque and tartar from gathering on your teeth? If you are not happy with the health and appearance of your smile, it may be time to reconsider your approach to brushing. Because we perform this task so often, and because do it at times when we might feel particularly tired, it is easy to unintentionally adopt bad habits because we fail to examine them. At our Mansfield, TX dentist’s office, patients can receive information about better preventive care at home as well as support with preventive care during a routine dental exam. Of course, we are also prepared to step in and provide the appropriate restorative dental work if a problem is identified during your visit!

1. You May Need To Spend More Time Brushing

While you may brush often enough, the time you spend on brushing may be lacking. If this is the case, you can fail to do a good job keeping your smile completely clean. Without spending at least two minutes on this task, it can be tough to make sure harder to reach spaces are being cleaned. To make an adjustment to longer, better brushing habits, use a timer to verify that you are spending at least two minutes each time you clean your smile.

2. It May Be Past Time You Replaced Your Current Toothbrush

If you notice that the bristles of your brush look worn, or if you are not sure how long you have been using the same one, it may be time for a replacement. Over time, the friction created by brushing wears on the bristles that are responsible for removing plaque and food particles. When they wear down, they become less able to protect your smile. After three months, it is a good idea to go ahead and pick up a replacement.

3. You May Be Vulnerable To Periodontal Problems

The time you spend brushing protects you from more than just problems that demand dental fillings and dental crowns. You should also see brushing as an important aspect of preventive periodontal care. Unfortunately, people sometimes fail to recognize the role their routine should play in preventing gingivitis, and give insufficient attention to their gum line. If you are not doing so already, you should thoroughly clean at the base of your teeth whenever you brush and floss.

Our Mansfield, TX Dentist’s Office Helps Patients Maintain Healthy Smiles!

Your Mansfield, TX dentist’s office is prepared to help patients when they need treatment for oral health troubles. We are also here to help you pick up and maintain habits that keep you safe from future problems! To find out more about our services, please call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.