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Five oral hygiene mistakes you might be making

Woman Brushing Teeth With Electric Toothbrush In BathroomWhile you have been brushing your teeth your whole life, this doesn’t mean that you’ve been doing it correctly all this time. In fact, the dentists at Golden Dental Solutions find that there are situations in which patients are making mistakes regarding their oral health and wellness.

Below are five of the more common oral hygiene mistakes patients in the Golden, Colorado area may be making: 

  • Not brushing long enough. Rushing through brushing is not a good idea! In order to do a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, patients need at least two minutes. By rushing through this step, many patients are leaving behind plaque and food particles that can contribute to the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Brushing too hard. Preventing gum disease doesn’t require patients to brush aggressively. In fact, in situations such as this, patients are actually doing more damage to the smile than good. Brushing can aggravate tooth sensitivity, cause the gum tissues to become red and bleed, and may also cause damage to the toothbrush, causing frayed bristles.
  • Forgetting to floss. Floss removes food from between the teeth, and is vital to one’s oral health and wellness. Flossing should be done at least once a day, but preferably after every meal.
  • Forgetting to stay hydrated. Drinking water is important to staying hydrated, but it can also help in stimulating saliva production which keeps the teeth cleaned and reduces the risk of dry mouth.
  • Avoiding the dentist. It is critical that patients see their dentist on a regular basis for cleanings, examinations, and any necessary care that might be required. The American Dental Association recommends that all individuals see their dentist at least twice a year, every six months, for a checkup. With routine visits, the dentist can monitor for the early signs of certain conditions such as cavities and periodontal disease to treat them as soon as possible and keep them from becoming a more serious matter in the future.

Call Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi today! 

Call (303) 277-9600 to request a consultation with the team at Golden Dental Solutions. The office is located at 1218 Arapahoe Street and accepts new and existing patients.   

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