Why Brushing and Flossing Is Not Enough

Taking control of your oral health is important, and brushing and flossing twice daily is a great start. However, it’s not enough to prevent periodontal disease. Let’s look at 4 reasons why you need more than a toothbrush to stop oral disease from affecting you.

1. You’re Not Perfect
When you brush and floss, there is no way to be certain that you have removed all plaque, tartar, and calculus from your teeth. Despite our very best efforts, we all can be prone to leaving plaque and bacteria behind. A professional dental scaling is required in order to have all hardened substances from your teeth removed.

2. Tartar Can Hide
When you brush and floss to the best of your ability, it may seem as though you are covering all areas thoroughly. But did you know that tartar can hide below the gum, causing it to go undetected?

3. You Are Probably at Risk
Only a small percentage of people (about 20%) are not at risk for periodontal disease. This means it is extremely likely that you are also at risk. Make sure you are seeing a dental professional regularly.

4. Oral Disease Is Quiet
If you develop periodontal disease, you will notice that it doesn’t hurt. This makes the disease even more difficult to detect, as there are often no clear symptoms or signs present. In fact, periodontal disease is so “silent”, that even dentists can miss it all together. With that said, a professional is significantly more able to diagnose periodontal disease, so it is recommended that you see a dental professional regularly.

Brushing and flossing will work wonders for your oral health, but they will not eliminate periodontal disease on their own. Book an oral examination with Ward Periodontics today!