Things Your Dentist Wishes You Knew

Things Your Dentist Wishes You Knew

by Shearly (SU)

Dentists—like everyone else—can dream, can’t they? As caring, highly-trained dental professionals, there are certain things that your dentist wishes you knew. For starters, one of those obvious things: if you wear lipstick, you really should wipe it off before you sit down in the dentist’s chair. After all, your dentist wants to see your pearly whites and will be working in your mouth, and the lipstick tends to get in the way!

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Next, your dentist would like you to know that good oral health is linked to your overall health. The truth is that poor dental health, and problems such as plaque buildup and gum disease, have a real impact on disorders such as diabetes, as well as being strongly linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Brushing correctly is really, really, important. You should brush for a full two minutes, but not too hard. Brushing with too much force can cause the protective enamel on your teeth to wear away. It can also make your gums recede, leaving areas of your teeth and sensitive nerves exposed.

Additionally, while you can never floss too frequently, many people tend to floss incorrectly. If, for instance, you are flossing by popping the dental floss up and down hard, you can cause damage to the delicate gum spaces in between your teeth. Make sure to gently floss and then rinse, to help remove leftover food particles and biofilm.

What is biofilm? Biofilm is like a slimy scaffolding that helps bacteria cling to your teeth. Mouth bacteria feed on the sugars and food particles left in your mouth. As they feed, they secrete acids that attack the surface of your teeth. If you do not remove them by brushing, oral rinses and proper flossing, they will literally stay there forever, forming a hard shell known as tarter.

One of the biggest things your dentist really wants you to know is that it is okay to ask questions. You should never be embarrassed, because the only silly question is the one you don’t ask. You don’t need to be embarrassed about your teeth, either.

Even if your mouth is less than perfect, or you have missing teeth, your dentist is a caregiver. Your dentist wants to provide you with the most sophisticated, comprehensive care possible. Your dentist also has the advanced procedures to deal with all sorts of dental issues, including missing teeth, broken or damaged teeth, misaligned teeth, and more. From porcelain veneers to professional whitening and teeth straightening, you really can have the smile you have always dreamed of. And that’s just good to know.

Are you ready to schedule that first appointment? Call 360 Dental today, at (541) 689-1645, or request an appointment online right now. Dr. Ari Binder and the rest of our excellent staff will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your dental health.