When you don’t expect for us to tell you that you have a cavity and need a dental filling (but we do) because you’ve been trying so hard, it can be extremely defeating! Unfortunately, this can even cause some patients to feel like giving up. After all, you may think to yourself: Why bother trying so hard if it’s not going to be worth it in the end? This is where our Southlake, TX team steps in to remind you that while you may be trying quite hard, dental care should be easy. In all likelihood, you’re missing one tiny piece of the puzzle. Consider some common missteps patients make and come in to find out what’s happening with your smile, so we can set you on a path toward a safe grin.
You’re Brushing But Not Flossing
If you’re getting cavities and discovering that you need dental fillings even though you’re so sure you’re on the right track with your dental care, our team wonders: Are you really on track? We remind you that if you’re brushing twice a day and doing it correctly, then you’re almost there. However, if you’re forgetting to floss or you are simply choosing not to floss, then this may be your problem. Choosing to avoid flossing between teeth and beneath your gumline leaves plaque and debris behind, which encourages the development of tooth decay! Start flossing!
You’re Brushing And Flossing But Something Is Off
We know that you might respond to our questions about your dental care at home with a confirmation that you do brush and floss. However, it’s important that you realize even if you’re brushing and flossing, it will only help you avoid the need for dental fillings if you’re doing things correctly. Not to worry, this isn’t a trick! Nor is it complicated business. You just need to remember to:
- Brush in the morning for two minutes
- Brush in the evening for two minutes
- Floss once a day (do a thorough job)
You Haven’t Been Receiving Cleanings
You may be doing a truly spectacular job with your dental care at home, which we applaud! However, if you continue to require dental fillings even though you’re doing such a good job with care, it might be because you haven’t been coming in on a consistent basis for dental cleanings. Don’t forget that they are just as important as your daily dental hygiene in preventing problems like decay!
See Us For Guidance With Smile Protection
Take time to see our team when you are focused on getting every step right as you protect your smile. Worried you need more information or dealing with unanswered questions? Simply take time to set up a visit! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, and surrounding areas.