Many men and women often leave their dentist appointments confused. They try their best to maintain their teeth; however, they leave each visit embarrassed that the dentist informed them they have yet another cavity.
Though getting bad news from the dentist might be tough, the staff at Desert Hills Dental, a Farmington dentist
, want to remind everyone that there is no need to be embarrassed; however, it is important to try to avoid poor oral health habits.
If you want to impress your dentist during your next visit, here are three oral health tips to help you do so:Be sure to floss
You might think you can trick your dentist into believing you've flossed daily for years, but he or she will know you just started last week.It might not seem like it, but flossing might be more important for your teeth than brushing. Each time you eat, small food particle will get trapped between your teeth. Brushing your teeth might remove some of the particles; however, it does not remove them all.
When you do not floss, the excess that remains after brushing your teeth will sit in the crevices between your teeth and slowly start to rot your teeth. Cavities will follow.
To prevent this issue, you must floss your teeth consistently. Some experts will suggest flossing before you brush your teeth, and others will recommend flossing after. No matter how you do it, flossing your teeth will help keep your teeth healthier and will make your dentist smile during your next visit.Change your toothbrush regularly
Many people will use their toothbrush for so long that it no longer resembles a toothbrush. That is not good for your teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA)
, an individual should begin using a new toothbrush approximately every three to four months.
The ADA recommendation might seem extreme at first; however, once you understand the reasoning, it makes a lot of sense.
First, an old toothbrush can make you sick. Your mouth is not the cleanest place. Each time you brush your teeth, you are essentially wiping off bacteria and food particles that could get stuck on your toothbrush. This can lead to bacteria growth on your toothbrush, which will make you sick.Additionally, unless you dry out your toothbrush after each use, it will sit on your counter wet for hours. Over time, mold could start to grow in the bristles of the brush. Gross.
Second, if the bristles on your toothbrush are disoriented and frayed, your brushing might not be cleaning your teeth. The bristles on your toothbrush are designed to make a soft impact with your teeth and gently scrub the each tooth. With frayed bristles, you might be cutting the enamel on your teeth and leaving large portions of plaque and food excess on your teeth. That excess will then affect the damaged areas on your teeth and cause cavities that much quicker.Chew gum
When we say chew gum, we are not talking about the sugary, sweet bubble gum you loved when you were a kid. We are talking about sugar-free gum. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum can help clean your teeth
When you chew gum, your mouth salivates more, which helps remove buildup on your teeth. Additionally, most sugar-free gum is made with xylitol, an artificial sweetener, which can prevent a cavity-causing bacteria from growing in your mouth.
Though chewing sugar-free gum might help keep your mouth healthier, it should never be considered an alternative to brushing and flossing.
If you are tired of having to hear bad news at the dentist, now is the time to step up and make your teeth healthier. By following these three tips, you are bound to have a brighter, healthier smile, and we know your dentist will be impressed with the improvements you have made.