The top priority of a dentist is to ensure your oral health is in check. However, they can't be around to take care of your teeth and gums at all times. Hence, there are a few things they'd like for you to know to make the visits easier for you.
You May Be Using Your Toothpaste Wrong: If you think of your toothpaste as a soap for your teeth, then, like most people, you're mistaken. Toothpaste is more like a lotion. It is a topical agent, which becomes more effective the longer it stays on your teeth. That's why it's essential to take time to brush and let the toothpaste sit on your teeth instead of brushing and rinsing quickly.
Don't Bother Flossing If You're Only Doing It Before an Appointment: Don't believe that you can fool your dentist by flossing a few times before the appointment. The health of your gum tissues depends on ongoing care. Hence, it is easy for your dentist to tell whether you're a regular flosser or not just by looking at your gums. On the other hand, hastily flossing before an appointment can do more damage than good. Instead, learn the proper technique and floss at least every night before sleeping. It can help prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, bad breath, and various other dental issues.
It's Okay If You're Afraid Of Dentists: Dental anxiety is real, and many people suffer from it. However, your dentist only wants to help you and ensure that you get the best treatment. If you are fearful about your next appointment, communicate these fears to the dentist. Your dentist will be more than willing to provide treatment that you're comfortable with.
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.