Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog about tips for improving your oral health. Although simply brushing regularly is a great place to start, there’s a lot more to it than that. In our last blog, we mainly talked about brushing, gingivitis, the various types of cavities, as well as when and how you should brush. Keep reading to learn several more tips for maintaining your oral health.

Flossing

It’s common for people to think that flossing is somehow less important than brushing which is a significant cause of oral health concerns that are present with so many Americans. In order to avoid flossing, some people will simply brush more. However, brushing too much can lead to enamel decay and won’t make up for flossing. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, around one-third of adults never floss their teeth. One of the reasons many people don’t floss is because they think that it is designed to remove food stuck between the teeth. When these people try flossing, they don’t see anything on the floss and assume they’re wasting their time. Although removing food is certainly a benefit, the main reason for flossing is to remove microscopic bacteria that can lead to plaque and tartar. This bacteria can’t be removed by brushing and will lead to cavities and tooth decay.

In order to get the most out of flossing, you’ll need a piece of floss around 15 inches in length. Use a different part of the floss for each tooth. If you’re using a floss pick, make sure to wash and wipe the floss off after each tooth.

Brush your tongue

Brushing your tongue may sound like a strange concept if you’ve never done it before, but according to many dentists, your tongue is just as likely to accumulate bacteria as your teeth area. And as you move your tongue around, it will only spread this bacteria to your gums and teeth. Whether you like to use your toothbrush or an actual tongue scraper, it’s important that you make this a part of your regular brushing routine. Aside from preventing oral health conditions, it will help you eliminate bad breath which is never a bad thing!

Visit an orthodontist

Misaligned teeth are a cause for concern when it comes to oral health. Straight teeth not only make your smile look great, they make it far easier to maintain clean teeth and can prevent too much pressure from being on one or several teeth. Misaligned teeth can lead to excessive wear, jaw pain, headaches tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease. The great news is that braces can be applied at any age, so schedule an appointment with an orthodontist today to see if your pain is being caused by misaligned teeth.

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