3 Ways You’re Undermining Preventive Care

preventblocksWhen it comes to making the most of your preventive care, it is essential that you pay attention to the variety of factors that come into play. Don’t worry – there is nothing too complicated that you need to consider. However, if you overlook a few important details, you may discover that the efforts you are making on a daily basis are not paying off. Think over a few ways you might be undermining your prevention, so you can quickly make some essential changes.

#1: You’re Not Brushing Long Enough

Unfortunately, if your brushing sessions are not long enough, you will not enjoy the full benefits of preventive care. Instead, you will miss plaque and food particles that promote problems like gingivitis and tooth decay. Avoid becoming distracted while brushing – or rushing – and make sure that each time you brush, you do so for approximately two minutes.

#2: You Forget To Schedule Cleanings and Exams

Even with the best of intentions and practices in your own bathroom, you won’t get the most out of your preventive care if you are forgetting to schedule exams and cleanings with us. It is during your preventive appointments that we can make sure all is well with your oral health – it is also when we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that you miss with your own hygiene.

#3: You’re Neglecting Your Gums

Neglecting your gum tissue is something you might not realize you’re doing if you continue to brush your teeth every day as we suggest. However, this is easy to do. First, if you ignore your gumline (you should brush along your gumline, too), you may miss significant amounts of plaque. In addition, if you become lax in your dental flossing habits, you are leaving your gums vulnerable to inflammation and infection.