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Confessions of a Seldom Flosser

March 30, 2022
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Posted By: Centre Family Dentistry
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For some people, good oral hygiene is a habit established in childhood through friendly character toothbrushes and sparkly, bubblegum-flavored toothpaste. These folks may credit a loving upbringing, conscientious parenting, and care from a warm and personable dentist like Dr. Jordan Humbert at Centre Family Dentistry for their excellent dental health.

Conversely, others in Ft. Collins might not have received such valuable instruction, so they may not understand that an effective at-home routine is vital when keeping their smile healthy and bright. Sure, popular media inundates us with dental hygiene products, but excessive options make their messaging easy to ignore. And all the while, your oral health may be suffering.

If this describes you, the Centre Family Dentistry team wants you to know it's never too late to start practicing good at-home dental care, and we're here to help. So if you're embarrassed by being a not-so-regular brusher and a seldom flosser, you can rest assured that we'll welcome you into a judgment-free environment with the singular mission to improve your dental health, regardless of where you begin.

What's the Big Deal About Daily Oral Hygiene?

The best reason to be active with your at-home tooth maintenance is that nearly every dental problem is progressive. In other words, most dental conditions, except for trauma, start small and grow from minor issues to major tooth-threatening problems if given time and neglect. The same is true with gum disease, and the good news is that these conditions may be reversible if you begin treatment early enough.

Brushing and Flossing Tips in Ft. Collins and Timnath

For our friends and neighbors ready to initiate, or even improve their daily routine, here are some tips:

  • Floss at least once a day with waxed floss, a dental flosser, or even a water pick. Find what works and stick with it!
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently for two minutes each time – longer is better than harder
  • Replace your toothbrush at least three times a year or before it starts to look frayed
  • Brush with attention to where your teeth join with your gums
  • Floss first, then brush and finish by rinsing away any leftover plaque or food debris

Good Oral Hygiene in Northern Colorado

If you're ready to break a bad habit of neglecting your at-home oral hygiene, the dental care team at Centre Family Dentistry is excited to meet you and begin a mutually rewarding relationship that will last a lifetime. We encourage you to call us and schedule a convenient dental appointment today.

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