Life is hectic for many Friendswood residents. At times, it’s impossible to get all of your responsibilities done and many are delayed or dropped altogether. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your filter. Sometimes you realize that you’ve had a leaky faucet since the Clinton administration. Many important things get put on the back burner, but we ask you not to get careless about your smile in Friendswood. Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?
Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a careful two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a system to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite three-minute songs may help you protect your smile in Friendswood.
Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Have a Toothache
We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.
Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t brush it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.
Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the outline of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that critical area around and just below the gum line. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick bypassed day after day.
At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry to safeguard their smile in Friendswood. We provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental procedures including porcelain veneers, sleep apnea treatment, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and CEREC dental crowns. For more information, call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today at 832-895-5120.