Ever find yourself wondering what your dentist would tell you, if you had a chance to spend an afternoon with her or him? Do you feel too shy, at your regular dental checkups, to ask the pressing questions you instead address to Siri or Google? Well, there are a number of dental care tips, and myth busting facts that many general dentists wish their parents knew. Fortunately, you can benefit from their knowledge, and enjoy a healthier smile, by simply taking a few minutes to learn those key points they are most prone to sharing, and of course, by following through with their professional advice.
You Really Should Be Flossing
Whether they dislike flossing, or simply don’t see the importance, many dentists regularly emphasize to their patients the imperative nature of making flossing a daily habit. That is because brushing only cleans parts of the teeth. Toothbrush bristles simply cannot reach into the small crevices between teeth. To avoid dental problems, then, it is incredibly helpful to floss, at least once each day!
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs of Trouble
Many people struggle with dental issues for weeks or even months, hoping they will simply go away. Sadly, most dental problems including cavities and gum disease, will only worsen with time. That is because the teeth are strong, but they lack the ability to repair themselves in the same way some parts of the body can. If scratched or cut, for instance, your skin can likely heal itself, given time and if the injury is not severe. On the contrary, though, if damaged by acidic erosion, teeth cannot repair that decay, meaning further exposure to food and bacteria will only exacerbate the issue, and likely lead to infection. To prevent the need for extensive treatment, then, it is best to schedule a restorative appointment at the first signs of trouble, such as when you notice heightened sensitivity, which could be indication of a cavity, or when you see a chip or crack, or have had an injury involving your smile, whether damage is visible or not.