Besides having regular dental exams, you also need professional hygiene visits and your own good oral hygiene routine. While you may think occasionally skipping brushing and flossing isn’t a big deal, remember your mouth is an unstable environment constantly under attack from bacteria. Since we don’t clean perfectly each time, like a dirty casserole dish that isn’t thoroughly scrubbed, it’s easy for plaque to build up. Ask yourself these questions to see how you’re doing with your hygiene routine:
-Are you brushing with an electric toothbrush or still with a manual?
-Are you brushing at least twice a day for two minutes or more and checking afterwards to see if you missed any spots?
-Are you flossing daily to clean the places you can’t reach with your toothbrush?
-Have you talked with our hygienists about if you should be using a mouth rinse or a prescription to deal with excessive bacteria?
Since we don’t brush or floss perfectly each time, keeping up a consistent routine is important to make up for the times we miss spots. Inadequate personal cleaning is also one of the reasons professional hygiene visits are necessary.