Life is busy for many of us, and at times it seems impossible to do everything that needs to be done. Maybe your car has to wait for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter. Many important things get put on the back burner, but at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry we strongly advise you not to put off your dental care.
Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?
Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a minimum of two minutes of brushing; more is even better. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a system to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.
Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Notice a Problem
We hope none of our patients put off checkups and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.
Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.
Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to understand that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Standard dental floss, though, wraps completely around the tooth, so you can more thoroughly clean that critical area around and just below the gumline.
At Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry, we urge our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for cleaning and checkup twice a year. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Make an appointment today.
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