Dental hygienists clean teeth, search for oral diseases, and educate patients on how to achieve optimal oral health. Since they work with many patients and have been inside countless mouths, they know what bothers them the most. Here’s a brief list of 6 things your dental hygienist wishes you wouldn’t do:
1. Depend on Mouthwash
Some patients think they can skip brushing and flossing and depend on mouthwash instead. Swishing around a bit of mouthwash does not remove bacteria and is basically pointless. Mouthwash is only needed for those who are at high risk of cavities or gum disease.
2. Forget About Routine Cleanings and Exams
Routine cleanings and exams are essential for preventative care. You should get into the habit of scheduling them every six months and refrain from only visiting the dentist when you think something is wrong.
3. Use a Firm Toothbrush
Contrary to popular belief, using a firm toothbrush is not a good idea. Since it can lead to recession and wear away the gum line, super soft toothbrushes are recommended.
4. Believe Poor Oral Hygiene Only Affects the Teeth, Gums, and Mouth
While it’s true that poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, it can also hinder other parts of a patient’s body.
5. Assume Your Oral Health is Genetic
Patients often believe that their oral health has to do with genetics and is therefore not in their control. The truth is that you do have control of your oral health can protect your teeth by making routine brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups a priority.
6. Brush Too Quickly
The average patient brushes their teeth for 47 seconds. However, dental hygienists and dentists suggest a minimum of 2 minutes.
By understanding why these things are harmful and making appropriate life changes, you can reduce your risk of health issues and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.