Northborough Family Dental

I brush at least twice a day, so why do I still get cavities?

It’s great that you are brushing conscientiously, but brushing alone is not enough to prevent cavities. The bristles of a toothbrush can remove a lot of the plaque from the surface of your teeth, but they can’t get between your teeth to clean properly. Unfortunately, this is the area that many people neglect during their daily oral hygiene routine.

Flossing once a day must be a part of your oral hygiene routine if you want a healthy smile. When you floss properly, you are removing the plaque and food particles that accumulate between teeth and cause decay if they are allowed to remain on the teeth.

The best way to know that you are brushing and flossing adequately is to ask your dental hygienist at your next dental cleaning. They can tell you what problem areas you need to improve and demonstrate proper techniques. Flossing isn’t complicated, but there are certain things to be aware of, and you need to be thorough or you may be wasting your effort.

Immediately after a dental cleaning is a great time to get your oral hygiene routine on track. You are starting with a “clean slate,” and you will be able to see how much healthier your mouth is at your next six-month checkup! But even if you are currently between checkups, there's never a "wrong" time to get serious about your oral hygiene!

If it’s time for your cleaning or you have hygiene questions, please don’t hesitate to call us to arrange a convenient appointment.

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