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Most Common Brushing Mistakes Made By Adults
Do you make sure to brush your teeth at least twice each day? If so, then you are off to a good start. Unfortunately, if you are not brushing right, you could end up doing more harm to your teeth than good. Here are some of the most common mistakes adults tend to make while brushing their teeth.

Things You Need to Do to Brush Right

Brushing for the wrong amount of time is one of the most common mistakes that adults make. They either brush for too short a time, only around a minute, or they brush for too long, exceeding three minutes. To clean your teeth effectively, you should spend at least two minutes brushing but not going over three.

When you rinse your mouth out after brushing, do you rinse it with water? If so, that's another mistake. When you rinse with water, you decrease how much fluoride is left in your mouth to protect your teeth. To keep them strong, either don't rinse at all or rinse with a fluoride-enhanced mouthwash.

Roughness is another common mistake most adults make when it comes to brushing. You either brush too hard, use a toothbrush that is too hard, or both. This can weaken your teeth and damage your gums. Avoid both of these to ensure you get the most out of each time you brush.

To find out more information about how to properly brush your teeth, call our office today!

What A Dentist Looks for During an Exam
When evaluating your mouth during an exam, we are looking at far more than what your teeth look like, but we do look at that, too. We want to check all of your teeth, look for plaque and decay, and look at the condition of all of your oral tissues. Here's what an exam is all about:

When you get an exam, you are getting an experienced look at each tooth. This is to find signs of cavities, plaque buildup, or problems with your gums. We are looking for signs of oral cancer, plus signs of gum disease. We are also looking for any unusual swelling in your mouth that could point to a different problem.

Next time you have a dental exam, know that the time we spend looking at your mouth can help improve your overall oral health!

Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Improve Your Dental Health?
Fluoride is an amazing substance for your teeth as it helps to fight tooth decay. However, recent studies have shown that there is another compound that can help fight tooth decay, and that is CBH. This compound can be found in dark chocolate, and it could be the next superfood for your teeth.

Before you go to eat dark chocolate to help your teeth, there are a few important things to consider. Dark chocolate can still have a lot of sugar, which is a major cause of tooth decay, so any benefit you could gain from CBH might be cancelled out by high sugar content. Also, a lot of the dental health benefits are from the cocoa bean husk, which we do not normally consume when eating chocolate.

In just a few years, you may be able to head down the dental care aisle and pick a toothpaste that has tooth-protecting components from chocolate, but in the meantime, you can keep your smile healthy by brushing, flossing, and having your teeth professionally cleaned regularly.


Aspire Dental | | (503) 221-9439
833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 414, Portland, OR 97205



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