How effective was your smile care routine this past year? If you struggled with problems like tartar buildup, tooth decay, or gum disease during 2020, or in previous years, a change in your hygiene routine could be beneficial. Many people, even those who feel good about the steps they take to protect themselves, let bad habits form over time. If you step back and assess your habits, you can find room for improvement that will make you less likely to need restorative dental work! At our Mansfield, TX dentist’s office, we are here to help if problems do arise, but remember that we can also provide important preventive services when you visit. In addition to keeping you informed about issues like tooth decay and gum disease, we can alert you to potentially serious issues, like oral cancer, when we have regular chances to evaluate you.

1. Floss Every Night

Flossing is effective at removing food that has become wedged between your teeth, but remember that it is also important as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Even if you have no discomfort from debris lodged in teeth, smaller food particles and bacteria can build up in these spaces and put your oral health in jeopardy. Floss thoroughly by moving the string up and down between each of your teeth, and make sure that you clean at the gum line to remove potential threats.

2. Keep Up With Your Regular Dental Exams

With no regular dental visits scheduled, you lose access to reviews and cleanings that keep you informed about the condition of your smile. These visits lead to the early detection and treatment of problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and more. They also provide you with teeth cleanings that fight the accumulation of tartar and other harmful agents.

3. Avoid These Common Mistakes People Make When They Brush

Does your brushing routine take at least two minutes every session? Are you replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis when the bristles start to wear down? Common mistakes hurt many people’s ability to brush effectively, which can lead to trouble over time. There are a few practices to make sure you follow to effectively protect your smile:

  • Brush for at least two minutes twice a day, and spend that time making sure you reach every part of your smile
  • Replace a toothbrush after three months, or as soon as the bristles appear to be wearing down
  • Confirm that you are only using ADA-approved toothpaste and brushes

Your Mansfield, TX Dentist Can Help You Protect Your Smile!

Our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX is ready to help you greet the new year with a lovely and healthy smile! To find out more about our practice and our services, please reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227.