Richmond Dentist Asks: How Effective is Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Jun 14th, 2013 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene

young woman brushing her teeth in a towelYour hygiene routine is only as effective as its weakest link. For instance, you may diligently brush and floss your teeth every day, twice a day, but if you snack incessantly, then your toothbrush and floss may not be able to effectively protect your smile. Good hygiene involves more than the few minutes a day that you spend directly attending to your teeth. Your Richmond CA, dentist , Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, discusses some things you should be aware of throughout your day that can hinder your oral hygiene efforts.

Improve Your Smile’s Protection

  • Limit snacking—As we mentioned excessive snacking can prove detrimental to your smile in spite of a good hygiene routine. Certain germs in your mouth consume sugar and carbs from your meals, converting them into acid that weakens your protective tooth enamel. The more often you snack, the more frequently acid attacks your enamel, and in time, acid can render your enamel useless against tooth decay-causing bacteria.
  • If it’s not food, don’t chew on it—Pencils, pens, pen caps, toothpicks, and a myriad of other inedible objects are common targets for nervous chewing. Since your teeth are the strongest part of your body, this habit may seem harmless, but the constant pressure and friction can wear down the chewing surfaces of your teeth, not to mention strain your jaw’s joints and muscles. If it wasn’t meant to be eaten, it shouldn’t be chewed.
  • Stop grinding your teeth—Even without a pen or pencil between their teeth, some patients tend to grind their teeth often, sometimes when under stress and sometimes as mere habit. Whatever the cause, teeth-grinding can also lead to excessive tooth wear and possibly damage, as well as cause or exacerbate symptoms of TMJ disorder.
  • Don’t skip your dental checkup and cleaning—As good as you may be at wielding a toothbrush, your smile still needs the professional attention of regular dental checkups and cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist at least once every six months, or sooner if Dr. Moiceanu determines that you’re especially at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, or any other problematic dental issue.

Learn More About Good Oral Hygiene with Your Richmond Dentist

To learn more about improving your oral hygiene throughout your daily routine, speak with Dr. Moiceanu today. You can schedule a consultation with your Richmond CA, dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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