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4 Things Your Dentist Wants You To Know

Tuesday - September 20th, 2016
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We’ve all had the cardinal rules of good dental care instilled in our heads: brush for two full minutes, two times a day, plus flossing.

However, your dentist probably wants you to cross a few other things off your list as well:

  1. Go easy on your teeth and gums. When you’re cleaning your house, aggressive brushing can be a good thing. But, when it comes to cleaning your teeth, brushing too hard can be bad! Overly vigorous brushing can wear down enamel and damage the gums.
  2. Know that bleeding gums are a red flag. Be sure to tell your dentist if your gums typically bleed after brushing or flossing. Bleeding may be a sign that you are at risk for gum disease or may be an indication of other health issues.
  3. Not flossing? Try using a water pick. If you’re someone that just hates flossing, try using a water pick instead. Water picks are typically easier to use and clean deeper into the pockets of your teeth.
  4. Share your dental history. In order for your dentist to provide you with the most comprehensive care, they need to know your full dental history. When changing dentist offices, be sure to have your dental records sent to your new dentist prior to your first visit.

It’s not hard to follow the dentist’s advice and get on your way to a healthier smile!