It is hard undervalue the role of brushing and flossing your teeth. By doing these two things thoroughly and consistently, you can keep your teeth free of potentially damaging bacteria and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Thus, it makes sense to keep your homecare habits sharp, and to help you in this endeavor, your Reno NV dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, have created a quiz all about homecare.
Take the Quiz
- True or False: You should use about 18 inches of dental floss when flossing.
- True or False: Brushing the top (biting) surface of teeth is more important than cleaning other surfaces because the top surface comes into contact with food most often.
- True or False: Brushing forcefully can improve your oral health by removing stubborn bacteria.
Check Your Answers
- True. Eighteen inches of floss may seem like a lot, but using this amount allows you to use clean sections of the floss continually as your move around your mouth. If you were to use the same section of floss to clean between all of your teeth, it is likely that you would be transferring bacteria rather than removing it.
- False. All sections of each tooth should be cleaned so that bacteria are unable to adhere to and attack teeth. Those sections that cannot be reached by a toothbrush should be cleaned with dental floss. It is a good idea, however, to make sure that you angle the bristles of your toothbrush toward the gum line. Bacteria in this area can cause gum disease, and their removal is imperative. Just make sure that you don’t neglect other areas of your teeth when you are brushing.
- False. Brushing forcefully can actually do harm to your teeth by stripping them of enamel. With less enamel, the teeth are more vulnerable to decay. You should, therefore, brush with gentle pressure and trust to thorough brushing rather than force to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth clean.
Schedule a Visit with Your Reno NV Dentists
Regular dental visits play another vital role in your oral health. If your last dental visit was more than six months ago, you are due for a checkup. Contact our 89502 dentist office at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Reno NV dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.