If you are like a lot of people, you hate going to the dentist. Most people anticipate pain and discomfort when they go to the dentist and they know that they are going to probably get in trouble from the dentist because they aren’t doing what they should.
Positive health benefits come from improving your teeth and to your smile. Nine out of every ten Americans believe an attractive smile is an important social asset.
Guide to Dental Care Basics
The article features tips and advice for dental patients, including choosing a dentist, preventive care, dental treatment, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry.
1. Regularly brush
You should make sure that you are brushing your teeth every day in the morning and at night and soon after you eat. Brushing keeps the small particles of food from turning into giant bacteria feasts. If you can, brush for two full minutes. Divide your teeth into fourths and spend a minimum of 30 seconds on each quarter
2. Don’t forget your tongue
Brushing your tongue and or scraping it with a scraper are two good ways to pay attention to your tongue. Your tongue has the same icky things as your teeth have on them. Your breath is going to be a lot fresher when you are giving your tongue a good treatment too.
Make sure that you are flossing once per day at least. It cleans your teeth better and gets rid of plaque in places where your brush can’t reach.
4. Regularly see your dentist
Make sure that you are visiting your dentist regularly but you also need to ensure that you are going to a good one. Be sure that you have at least 45 to 60 minutes with your hygienist so that you are properly cared for. Listen to her when she’s telling you about your problem areas and make sure that you are asking questions. Show up on time for the appointment. Speak you’re your dentist about therapy that you can use to help your teeth stay healthy and clean.
5. Don’t assume your teeth are healthy
Just because your teeth might be white, it doesn’t mean that they are necessarily healthy. It’s really popular to whiten your teeth, and a lot of companies have tooth whitening products on the market. But these don’t always do the same job as brushing and flossing. Your teeth might look nice and white but it doesn’t mean they’re healthy.
6. Eat healthy food
Remember that the food that you eat is going to affect the health of your teeth, so make sure that you are eating healthy. Don’t eat things with a lot of sugar in them, or if you do, eat it with a meal. Also make sure that you’re eating things with a lot of calcium in them and Vitamin C and D. these are all important for healthy teeth and gums.
These are the things that you can do to help your dentist be happier with you and to make your teeth healthier. If you follow these tips, you are going to find that your teeth are healthier, your smile is brighter, and that your dentist is a lot happier with you. They are not going to solve all of your problems, of course, but they are going to help you with the problems that you have at the dentist.
Jeffrey Skupny, DMD is the owner of Island Coast Dentistry. A native of Ohio, he’s worked as a general and cosmetic dentist since 2008. Dr. Skupny offers dental care and treatment to patients in many areas of Southwest Florida including Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Marco Island.