5 Secrets Your Dentist Won’t Tell You

5 Secrets Your Dentist Won’t Tell You

by Holly (SU)

When it comes to visiting your dentist, you may think you know the drill (no pun intended). You get your teeth checked out and whatever else needs to be done – a filling, an extraction, a cleaning – to improve your oral health or to treat a condition.

However, there is more to dentistry than the usual routine, and there are a number of things your dentist may not tell you that are good things to know. Here are five of them:

1.     In a pinch, one good brushing and flossing per day is sufficient. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been told since childhood that you should brush your teeth after every meal – or at least twice a day, both when you wake up and before you go to bed. To be safe, that’s good advice.

However, the truth is that it takes plaque 24 hours to grow back enough to cause a problem. So, if you are too busy or otherwise unable to follow the usual regimen, one thorough brushing and flossing will suffice. Just try not to make a habit of it.

2.     You have options when it comes to fillings. There are three types of fillings – silver amalgam, gold, and composite. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, amalgam fillings are strong, relatively inexpensive, and can be done in one visit. However, they aren’t particularly attractive and can be sensitive to hot and cold.

Meanwhile, composite fillings can cost twice as much as silver amalgams and don’t last as long as other options. So, before you agree to a filling, ask your dentist for as much information on the pros and cons as possible.

3.     It’s not just the sugar. Dentists tend to have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to discouraging the use of certain foods and beverages that can ruin your teeth.

For example, you may think your dentist will disapprove of you drinking soda just because of the sugar it contains when, in fact, it’s also because most soft drinks include phosphoric acid which can disintegrate enamel over time. What your dentist may not divulge is that root beer and cream soda are free of phosphoric acid and are a safer alternative.

4.     Electric or manual toothbrush? It’s all the same to some dentists, as long as you brush your teeth twice a day. Secretly, however, your dentist would prefer that you use an electric model since they tend to be more thorough, provide more cleaning power, and can more easily deal with those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

5.     Fluoride can be too much of a good thing. When has a dentist ever told you that you need to cut back on fluoride? After all, fluoride has spared millions of teeth from the ravages of cavities. And yet, too much fluoride from a combination of it being in your water supply and in your toothpaste can cause fluorosis, which causes an unsightly brown appearance or pitting on your teeth.

That doesn’t mean you should necessarily stop drinking tap water or brush less with a fluoride toothpaste. Just be aware that too much of any substance can affect the condition of your teeth, so ask your dentist what other toothpaste options are available if you have any concerns.

Skilled Dentist in Eugene, Oregon

If you’re not sure whether you’re brushing your teeth properly, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about the right technique. The experts at 360 Dental are here to help you maintain excellent oral hygiene.

Call 360 Dental today at (541) 689-1645 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Binder, or fill out our simple online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing your smile – and helping you keep it brighter than ever.