Your teeth serve an important purpose, but many people take their teeth for granted and don’t give them the proper care that they need. It’s common to think that simply brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing will help keep your teeth healthy. However, your oral health is so much more than just keeping your teeth clean.

At Mosaic Dental in Sterling, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. From general dental care to cosmetic dentistry, we offer a wide range of services that are sure to meet your needs. As your neighborhood family dentist, we are proud to serve not just you, but also your entire family. If you’re ready to get the healthy and beautiful smile that you desire, give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

Ways You May Be Neglecting Your Teeth

Brushing Side to Side

We’ve all seen those toothpaste commercials that feature a smiling model brushing their teeth from side to side or up and down, but that is not the proper way to brush your teeth. The goal of brushing your teeth is to remove as much plaque and bacteria as possible, and you simply cannot achieve that goal by brushing side to side. Instead, it’s best to brush your teeth in small circles. This will help to cover more surface area, and it will ensure that you’re thoroughly loosening any plaque on your teeth. As you brush in small circles, make sure you also brush near the gum line where bacteria and plaque can accumulate and lead to cavities.

Failing to Brush Before Bed

At the end of a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend time standing in front of the mirror brushing your teeth, especially when your bed is calling you from the other room. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day, however, many people fail to brush their teeth before they go to bed. While it can be tempting to change your clothes and go straight to sleep, it’s vital to take the time and remove any plaque that may have built up on your teeth throughout the day.

Flossing

For many people, flossing is their least favorite part of their oral hygiene routine, but it is also one of the most necessary parts. While brushing your teeth will help to eliminate plaque buildup on the front and back of your teeth, plaque can still accumulate in between your teeth. Flossing will not only help eliminate plaque, but it will also reduce inflammation and strengthen your gums. If you’re worried about cavities in your teeth, then flossing is one of the best places to start.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

At one point or another, most people have struggled to open a stubborn bag of chips or twisting the cap on a soda bottle, and instead of asking for help, they used their teeth. While using your teeth may have helped you achieve the desired result, you may want to take a moment to ask yourself at what cost. It’s important to remember that your teeth are not tools, and it can do more harm than good to use them in such a way. Using your teeth to open a bottle or another hard object may result in a chipped or broken tooth instead of a refreshing beverage.

Failing to Schedule a Dentist Appointment

From a young age, many people begin seeing their dentist twice a year, and while it’s easy to keep this habit when you’re younger and still living at home, as you get older, you may find it more and more difficult to visit your dentist. Whether you’ve recently moved to a new place and simply haven’t found a new dentist or you can no longer rely on your parents to make your appointments, there are many excuses that you can make as to why you fail to visit the dentist. That being said, visiting the dentist is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health, and it’s necessary to make sure that you are scheduling an appointment twice a year.

Visit Mosaic Dental Today!

Mosaic Dental is proud to be your neighborhood family dentist for residents of Sterling and the surrounding area. Our team is proud to offer high-quality dental care to ensure that you achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. Check out our extensive list of Top Rated Local® dental care services, and give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

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