Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done. Your car may have to wait another 500 miles 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 The Plano Dentist we strongly advise you not to make your dental care one of them.
Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?
Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a careful two minutes or more. 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 Us When You Feel Tooth Pain
We hope none of our patients put off checkups and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be too late to prevent a cavity.
Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t brush it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can hurt your enamel or irritate your gums.
Using Floss Picks Instead of String Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. A straight piece of floss can’t conform to the shape of the tooth as well as traditional string floss.
At The Plano Dentist, we urge our patients to brush and floss twice a day to safeguard their smiles for life. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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