Dental Care: Why Do I Have To…?

When patients take the time to ask us questions during dental checkups, they often begin with, “Why do I have to…” which we completely understand. When you’re under the impression that you must do particular things to keep your oral health safe, you like to know you’re not wasting your time and you like to know how the details benefit you. We are always happy to explain! Let’s get the party started with some very common inquiries we receive.

Why Do I Have To Brush My Tongue?

You have to brush your tongue because bacteria do not discriminate in your mouth. You may assume they prefer your teeth but they do not. They will stick themselves to dental tissue, to gum tissue, to artificial tissue (dental work like crowns), and to your tongue, too. The more bacteria you remove from your mouth during dental hygiene, the better your oral health will fare. So, brushing your tongue is very important.

Why Do I Have To Floss?

You have to floss because when you don’t floss, you miss a lot of plaque and food. After you brush during your dental hygiene session, your smile might feel clean. Your breath may seem fresh for a while. However, what you cannot see is still present. Plaque will hide between teeth, just under your gumline, and will eventually result in bad breath, cavities, and probably gum inflammation and disease. When you floss in addition to the other things we suggest for optimal care, your oral health benefits.

Protect Your Oral Health With Simple Tips

Don’t skip the stuff that you need! When you’re curious about why and how to perform your dental hygiene, ask us, so we may help you keep your oral health safe. Set up an appointment in Grand Prairie, TX by contacting your dentist at Pecan Tree Dental to schedule a visit at (972) 262-5111.