Dr. Linda RAK Canepa, DDS
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Oral Hygiene Mistakes

There are many opinions out there about what is best for your dental health ranging from at home remedies to commercials advocating dentist recommended products. It can be difficult to weed through all that information and determine what is actually best for your dental care. The team at Linda Rak Canepa DDS Family Dentistry cares about you and helping you maintain the best oral hygiene routine. 

Oral Hygiene Mistakes

Brushing too much – When it comes to brushing it may seem like the more you do it, the better off you are, but there is such thing as too much brushing. Over brushing can cause your enamel to wear down and your gums to become irritated. Generally, brushing twice daily for two minutes each time is an adequate amount of time for healthy teeth. If you do feel the need to brush after every meal, wait at least half an hour afterwards. The sugars you consume can soften the tooth’s enamel and immediately brushing afterwards can damage that enamel. 

You are hard on your teeth and gums – Brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush along with a lot of pressure is also a way to do more harm than good. Hard bristle toothbrushes can irritate and inflame your gums making them bleed. When gums are inflamed they can separate from your teeth and allow food particles and bacteria to fill in the gaps, leading to gum disease. Brushing too aggressively can also cause these problems along with tooth sensitivity. 

You don’t floss – It is often said that flossing is more important than brushing or at least is just as important. This is true. No matter how often you brush, food particles can still get left behind and hide in the hard to reach spots in between your teeth and gums. Flossing can help dislodge these particles before they lead to gingivitis and gum disease. 

Skipping dental exams – Even if you practice perfect oral hygiene habits, cleanings and check ups are still vital to your dental health. When plaque is left too long without being removed it can become tartar which cannot be dislodged with brushing and flossing alone. Cleanings ensure that all debris and plaque is removed regularly, keeping your smile healthy. They can even help catch and reverse many dental and general health problems early.
 
Stay Informed

The best place to get correct information on what is good for your oral health is from your dentist. If you live in the Rocky River, OH area and would like more information on good dental habits or to schedule a cleaning please contact our office!

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