Can you confidently say that you take great care of your teeth in between dental appointments? Maybe you do certain things, but could you do better. Sure you could if you had more information, so keep reading this article to find out what you can do differently to help your teeth.
Brush your teeth at least twice daily. This is the best practice. This is the bare minimum you should do to protect your teeth, so make it a part of your daily routine. For best results, you should floss, too.
If you have questions for your dentist, write them down and bring them to your appointment. Once your cleaning and exam begin, it is hard to get a word in edgewise, especially with picks, pokers and mirrors in your mouth! Speak up beforehand, and a dental hygienist can answer your questions before your mouth is too full, or too sore to ask afterwards.
Prevention is the key to avoiding expensive dental work. Most dental problems are completely avoidable when you take preventative measures. Some important preventative measures are brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and seeing the dentist for a teeth cleaning once yearly. Avoiding sugary drinks like Kool-Aid and soft drinks will also help.
If you are diagnosed with advanced gum disease, it’s time to step up your hygiene routine. At this point, flossing once, twice or even three times daily is no longer sufficient to stimulate healing. Make an appointment with a periodontist, who can prescribe a medicated mouthwash, toothpaste or prescription antibiotic. In the meantime, continue brushing and flossing frequently to keep things from becoming worse.
A disclosing agent can help you take note of the areas in your mouth not being adequately brushed. Read the label carefully to ensure that you are using the product correctly. Buildup and problem areas will appear on the surface of your teeth as a bright pink or blue stain. Keep in mind, however, that these products must be thoroughly brushed away after use. This isn’t something you want to use if you are in a rush.
Feel empowered with the information you’ve just read as you work out a much better system for taking care of your teeth on a daily basis. You will be glad that you did. Stay informed, and see what your dentist has to say next time you pay him or her a visit.