Posts for category: Preventative Care
Nobody’s perfect. We all pick up bad habits along the way. Even our oral health isn’t immune. Try as you may, odds are you’ve picked up a habit or two in the name of convenience. That’s totally okay! We get it. And that’s why we’re here: to ensure your oral health is in fantastic shape. Here are a few less-than-stellar dental habits that we often see, with some tips on how to break them.
1. Putting Off a Dental Visit
You knew we had to start here! If you don’t visit the dentist every six months, or if it’s been a while since we’ve seen your smile, schedule an appointment today! You can call us at 704-541-5059 or request an appointment online. Staying on top of your dental health today can save yourself a lot of time and money down the road.
2. Not Flossing
Again, you probably figured this would be on here. And you know what, it’s for good reason. Flossing helps prevent decay and gum disease. It’s super important! So how can you remember to floss more? Put a post-it note on your mirror as a reminder. Invest in a flossing stick — some people find it much easier than the traditional method. Floss at the same time each day to build up a routine. You can also start small, setting a goal of once per week. After that settles in you may find yourself craving a good floss after brushing.
3. Brushing Too Vigorously
One of the top causes of worn enamel is brushing too hard. If your arm is sore after brushing, or your toothbrush bristles start to flare out in a few weeks time, or you look like a cartoon sawing at your teeth, pull back on the reins. Along with your enamel, over time this friction will also wear away your gum tissue. Keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the base of the gums, and move the brush in a gentle, circular motion. We highly recommend getting an electric toothbrush, which will apply the correct amount of pressure to your teeth and gums.
4. Using an Old Toothbrush
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? It’s not something you often think of, right? The problem with using an old toothbrush is that its frayed bristles can end up damaging your teeth rather than cleaning them properly. You should change your toothbrush every three to four months. A good way to remember is to change your toothbrush on the first day of every new season. That way you’ll never have an old brush!
5. Letting the Water Run
This one is self-explanatory, and it’s an easy fix. After you wet your tooth brush turn off the tap. That initial wetting is all the water you’ll need. Turning off the water is good for your bill and great for Mother Earth.
Even the crocodile has his own toothbrush - it's the Plover. This bird flies into the croc’s mouth and cleans its teeth. Maybe not twice a day but...
Brushing alone misses 40% of your tooth surfaces – so yes, flossing is very important.
Three out of four dental patients keep their toothbrushes longer than they should. Whenever you place a toothbrush into your mouth, it can be contaminated with bacteria microbes. These little critters can live on a toothbrush for weeks. It is recommended that you clean your brush regularly and replace it every three months, and always after you have an episode of the flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
Many parents ask if they should have sealants placed for their children and teenagers. We recommend sealants because they act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs the most. Although brushing and flossing help to remove food particles from the smooth tooth surfaces, they cannot reach all the way into the grooves and depressions. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” food and plaque.