I know. We Sharonville dentists sound like broken records: brush, floss, see your dentist every 6 months. That’s the ABCs of family dentistry, the very foundation to oral health. But there we’ve got so much more wisdom to offer. Check out these 4 secrets to outstanding dental hygiene. Enjoy a beautiful smile, suffer fewer dental emergencies, and maintain a healthy gum line. You’ve got this!
Gums are Important Too
Sure, they call it a toothbrush, but gum brush just sounds weird, right? It’s important to brush the teeth, but don’t forget your gums. It’s the gums after all that hold your teeth in place. They can also become pockets for bacteria. Gum disease is no joke and may require serious surgery to restore the gums as you get older. If your gums deteriorate badly enough, you could even lose your teeth!
Choose a Gentle Dentist
Like doctors, masseuses, and even yoga instructors, it’s the caring quality of your dentist that matters. You can usually tell from their demeanor right away. They can help put you at ease the minute you walk into their office. It’s important to choose a dentist that practices gentle dentistry, a dentist that truly cares. They have practice great chair side manners and always ask if you are comfortable. A gentle dentist uses plenty of numbing so you feel comfortable and pain free throughout the entire procedure.
Improving your dental experience makes it more likely you’ll go often enough to get the care your teeth require for a beautiful smile.
Don’t Scrub Your Teeth
Most people incorrectly assume they should scrub their teeth when they brush, like they’re scraping paint off a wall. The reality is plaque is super soft. Rather than a rigid scrubbing, gently polish all areas of the tooth. Use a soft toothbrush that has softer bristles. It will literally say “soft” on the package. Brushing too hard or using a brush with tough bristles can actually wear away your enamel, the protective coating on your teeth.
Swap the Pack of Cigarettes for a Pack of Gum
Your doctor tells you to quit smoking, and so does your family. Time to add your Cincinnati dentist to the list of people who care about you. You know what smoking does to the lungs, but keep in mind what it does to the teeth. Nicotine and tar obviously turn your teeth yellow as well as eat away your gums. Tobacco can literally eat away the bone that supports your teeth.
Switch to sugar free gum instead. While you should avoid unnecessary sugars, chewing gums encourages saliva, which is healthier for your teeth and gums.