Brushing is NOT Enough

Simply said, oral hygiene consists of a lot more than just brushing your teeth. Don't Brush Too HardBrushing is not enough to prevent tooth decay and bad breath because your tooth brush is not able to get into the hard-to-reach areas where plaque and bacteria form.  Flossing and rinsing are an essential part of taking care of your teeth from home along with seeing your dentist for regular check-ups.

Every time a person eats the bacterium that is on your teeth with break down your food and creates an acidic environment. The result is a loss of tooth minerals that could result in a cavity.

You may ask, how can I help with the loss of teeth minerals? The best strategy would be to brush and floss immediately after you eat and drink.  However, we know many people are not able to do that.  The conclusion is that most people brush in the morning and at night and maybe floss…sometimes. (Not doing this? HOLD THE PHONE and check this out!)

Steps to brushing your teeth correctly:Periodontics: How to Brush Teeth

  1.  Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
  2.  Make small circles in short strokes.
  3.  Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and to freshen your breath.

Steps to flossing your teeth correctly:

  1.   Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  2. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
  3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  4. Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, conforming the floss to the shape of the tooth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
  6. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.

Still, this may not be enough. Many of our patients have great oral hygiene but still develop cavities because they may be at risk for tooth decay. To determine why you are prone to getting cavities, please request an appointment at your dentist for an assessment.

5 Things That Prove Your Dentist Isn’t Scamming You

1. Dental Assistant Recommends the Dentist

No one knows the Dentist better than the dental assistant. They know every corner they are willing to cut and every line they are willing to cross. So, does the assistant highly recommend the dentist? If you aren’t sure pull the assistant aside and have a word with her about your dental care. Does she advise you to follow the dentist’s instructions? Does she advise you to get a second opinion? Or, does she seem to respect the doctor and her medical opinion? If she does then you are in good hands.

2. Pushes Regular Hygiene Visits

I know, I know. You are rolling your eyes right now thinking that the dentist is laughing all the way to the bank, right? You couldn’t be further from the truth though. People who take care of their gums with regular flossing and brushing definitely do not see extensive care with the Dentist as much as those who don’t. When a dentist pushes regular hygiene visits they are trying to save you money in the long run. True story.

3. Low Patient Turn-Over Rate

This one’s a no brainer. A dental office with a high patient turn-over rate is not able to keep all of its patients happy so they go somewhere else. Of all the new patients that come in to the office every month very few actually return.

A good way to judge this is to see how busy the office is and the overall tone of the office. A shady office is so busy that patients are waiting a half hour or more before they are seen. The patients in the waiting room seem antsy, angry, or unsure and may not be responding well the front-desk staff.  And speaking of front desk staff – if they are rude let your dentist know. Dental work is expensive and the last thing you should have to worry about is a receptionist with a chip on their shoulder.

4. Dentist Believes That The Best Dentistry is No Dentistry

Seems counter-productive doesn’t it? But it’s not. This means that as a dentist they are providing you only the care that you need. Think about it. A dentist’s #1 priority should be you and your oral care, not money. All elective procedures should be presented as such: implants, braces, and smile makeovers included.

5. Raise the Bar on Level of Care

Let’s face it, if you leave decisions like whether or not to floss up to regular people they are going to decide not to floss! We hear it every day when a patient refuses x-rays because they “don’t need x-rays”. When the reality of it is that people don’t know what is going on in their mouth. So a dentist who raises the level of care for their patients is an educator. They explain, successfully, the need to not only floss regularly but to come in for that six-month cleaning. To not only take the x-rays but to allow the patient to understand that those x-rays are an integral part of the doctor’s knowledge of their mouth.