You think a lot about your teeth and your gums and your tongue and your lips when we’re talking about oral health and dental care. However, something that’s easy to overlook but that’s just as important is your hands! You use them to guide you through the motions of completing your smile care, from holding and moving your toothbrush to carefully and thoroughly flossing your smile. So, today, our Southlake, TX team takes a moment to offer some helpful and very important reminders for your hands that can make life much easier and that can help keep your smile safe.
Reminder: Try Electric Instead Of A Manual Brush
While we can certainly offer you additional dental care suggestions if you’re dealing with some amount of pain or cramping in your hands and fingers, a very good change to make follows: Try an electric brush instead of manual!
Reminder: You May Need To Wind Your Floss Differently
You know that in order to avoid cavities and gum disease, one of the things that you must do as part of your dental care is floss your smile. However, when flossing causes you all sorts of problems with your hands, from cramping to numb fingertips, or when you find that you simply have a hard time navigating, it can make you feel less interested in following through. We remind you that if you change the way you wind the floss, you will probably see a huge improvement!
Remember that you may assume the best thing to do is to wind the floss around your index fingers and to go from there. However, we have a different suggestion. Wrap it around middle fingers instead. Then, grab hold of it with your index fingers and thumbs. Now, you’ve taken the pressure off from around your middle fingers and you can easily move your way throughout your smile!
Reminder: Wash Them!
We know that this may go without saying for some. However, it’s very easy to forget about the fact that you should really wash your hands before you practice any type of dental care. That goes not only for flossing but also for brushing and even removing a denture or mouthpiece from your smile. Fingers are covered in germs that you don’t want to ingest. So, simply remember to wash your hands with soap and water before putting them anywhere near your mouth!
Protect Your Smile By Protecting Your Hands
Remember to consider your hands when you’re following through on your dental care! Talk with us about new approaches to smile care if your hands hurt, ask for guidance, and remember to keep fingers clean! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.