You already know brushing twice a day is the best practice for keeping your oral health care in check. There may be times when doing this more isn’t a bad thing. After eating sugary or sticky foods is also a great time to add a extra brushing and flossing.
Do you have dental anxiety? If you do, or know someone who does, try to implement some relaxation techniques. Whatever you find that works do it throughout every step of the process and all your visits. We often suggest bringing music to listen to and our office provides noise cancelling headphones.
Sensitive teeth? Generally if your teeth get that ‘zingy’ feeling after drinking something hot or cold, your teeth could be considered sensitive. Try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Often brands that have the whitening ingredients can be to abrasive for some patients and increase sensitivity. If after a few weeks it doesn’t improve with using a sensitive toothpaste it may be time to have your dentist check things out.
Using a hard bristled toothbrush can often do more harm than good. They can cause gum irritation and recession in certain individuals. We recommend using the Sonicare electric toothbrush. Not only is it gentle on gums but does a far better job cleaning teeth than any hand held toothbrush.
Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount of dental floss! In most cases a length of 20 inches is sufficient for your whole mouth. While flossing everyday is a sure bet to keeping your gums healthy, even a few times a week is better than not at all.
Regularly scheduled check up visits twice a year is imperative to keeping your oral health in check, catching problems early and staying healthy.