There’s a very good way to rely on dental hygiene: You practice it every day, twice daily, which means brushing morning and evening (and flossing once), so you maintain your oral health. On the other hand, there’s a not so wonderful way to try to rely on this part of your preventive dental care, though you may not necessarily realize it! To ensure you know how to properly and effectively care for your smile, so you’re ahead of the game, rather than scrambling to get caught up, our Southlake, TX team has some reminders for you. Consider ways your hygiene cannot help you, as you remember why consistent home care is absolutely the better solution.
As A Magical Answer For When Your Teeth Hurt
Let’s say that you don’t really brush and floss every day, as we suggest. However, when you realize that something feels bad (perhaps you end up with a toothache), that’s when you get your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss out, and you really buckle down. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on dental hygiene to fix problems that have already begun to unfold. While it’s wonderful for you to begin getting serious about prevention, so additional issues do not develop, what you need is to come in to see our team immediately for a checkup and for any restorative care you may require. Then, remember, use your hygiene to stop problems before they even begin!
As Your Solution Only When Your Smile Feels Dirty
You may have yourself programmed to think that the way you should rely on dental hygiene is to use it when your smile starts to feel unclean. Otherwise, you may figure, why bother? What you are overlooking in this case is that plaque will coat your teeth every day. When you leave it for as little as 24 to 48 hours, it becomes an exceptionally hard substance that is no longer something you can remove with oral hygiene (but that is only removable with professional cleanings). By the time you decide your smile feels yucky and that you’re ready to brush, your efforts are somewhat counterproductive because you can only partially cleanse your smile.
As A Way To Address A Stained Smile
Do you have moments in which you suddenly feel compelled to brush and floss because you want stains to go away? Unfortunately, this won’t work because discoloration happens deeper, within tissue. If you want brightening, come in for cosmetic care. To prevent additional stains, keep your dental hygiene going!
Get To Know Preventive Care Much Better
Come in soon to learn all about how to practice your best preventive care, so you may avoid problems, rather than wait for them to develop and then treat them. We look forward to seeing you for a checkup! 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.