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5 Surprising Dental Tips

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You might be a little shocked at some the topics headlined in this blog. We are here to confront the deceptions about oral health. Don’t just stop at the headlines because we have reasoning to back them up! Let’s get started.

Healthy Smile > Perfect Smile

One of the most beautiful sights to see is a set of healthy teeth. It is hard to say what smile is perfect because everybody has a unique smile. Dentists’ goals are to help you have strong and healthy teeth that will last you your whole life and for you to love your smile.

You Need to Do Most of the Work

Even though we love to catch up with you during your dental visits, we enjoy when we only have to see you for a 6-month check-up and cleaning. I mean this in the nicest way possible, I promise! The way that happens is if you keep up your dental hygiene at home. Consistently brushing twice a day and flossing at least once will keep your oral health in top-notch condition. Even though there are factors like medical conditions, medications, and genetics that can lead you to have cavities and decay, the most common factor is poor at home dental care. Cavities and decay are very preventable problems. Taking care of your dental work at home will lead to just two check-ups and cleanings a year!

Aligned Teeth > Straight Teeth

Of course, we want you to have straight teeth but the underlining goal is to have aligned teeth. Teeth that aren’t aligned cause many problems like trouble chewing, accidental lip and cheek biting, grinding or clenching, and much more. When misaligned teeth start causing you problems, it might be time to see if you need braces.

Gums, Gums, Gums

At your checkup, we poke around your gum line and some people experience tenderness and even bleeding. We don’t do this because we are evil, we do this because we care about your health! Your teeth’s foundation is your gums. Almost half of adults over the age of thirty have gum disease. Taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth.

Don’t Overdo Whitening

Bright and shiny teeth look great, there is no doubt about that. A problem occurs when people are over doing it though. Over-bleaching teeth can deteriorate the proactive enamel on teeth, which makes it easier for teeth to decay. Teeth whitening strips and treatments don’t last forever so there is no reason to overdo it because your enamel is too important.