Brushing your teeth is undoubtedly a great habit, one that can mitigate a host of dental problems. However, there’s a reason why you’re still encouraged to floss, schedule regular cleanings, watch your diet, etc. We’ll look at why brushing your teeth won’t fix every problem and how you can step up your dental routines for better results.
1. Brushing Can’t Remove Everything
Working the bristles over, under, and across your teeth will get rid of a wide variety of particles that have accumulated during the day. A toothbrush is designed to remove the majority of plaque, but it can only get between your teeth on a surface level. Because food particles can get stuck anywhere in your mouth, you need floss to remove bacteria and keep your breath smelling fresh and clean.
2. Tartar Can Still Build Up
Even the most effective brush in the world can’t remove every last bit of tartar and plaque from your teeth. For that, you’ll need to see your dentist every six months or so. Plus, this gives a professional the chance to see if there are any other conditions beginning to form. From gum recession to cavities, the goal is to stop problems at their earliest stages (when it’s much easier to do so).
3. Particles Can Reattach to Teeth or Gums
Mouthwash isn’t just a quick way to rinse out your mouth, it’s also a way to completely clear the particles that you’ve just jostled loose from brushing. Because these tiny bits of debris can potentially get stuck elsewhere in your mouth even after you’ve brushed, this is a relatively simple habit to make your mouth that much healthier. You can also reduce the amount of particle buildup by drinking more water, eating less sugar, and brushing after snacks and meals.
Most people will fall down on their dental routines at some point. Much like a diet though, it’s important not to slip into bad habits. If you haven’t flossed for a while, it’s not a reason to continue not to floss. The same is true if you can’t remember the last time you saw a dentist. These measures are just as important as brushing your teeth regularly.
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