There are a lot of misconceptions about the dental industry as a whole. Here are the top 5 thing your dentist wants you to know to help clear us this misinformation!
Top 5 Things Your Dentist Wants you to Know
1. Dentists are Experts in More Than Teeth
When it comes to teeth, you know who to see. But just like primary care doctor does more than take some blood and make you pee in a cup, your dentist does more than clean your teeth and scold you for not flossing. Dentists are experts on overall oral health, including jaw problems and detecting oral cancer.
2. Don’t Guilt Floss Before an Appointment
You wake up one morning, check your phone and find a little reminder telling you today is your dental appointment. A deep shame washes over you as you realize that you’ve had six months to floss, and you haven’t done it once. It’s like the science fair in 6th grade all over again.
If you don’t floss regularly, you probably don’t have the best technique. Wait until you get in so we can show you what to do, and then start flossing! If you come in with bloody gums, we know what you did, and we won’t say anything.
3. Babies Need a Dentist Too!
No teeth? No problem! Refer to thing #1 in this blog and remember that dentists excel at much more than teeth. Taking good care of your babies mouth in early development is vital, and dentists can help to keep your babies mouth clean and give you some tips to make it easy for mommy and daddy.
4. Pain (or no Pain) Isn’t Your Only Guide
How your teeth feel can disguise your oral health. Most oral health problems aren’t noticed by the patient until it becomes painful, and if it becomes painful, then it has probably become severe. By going to the dentist regularly, you should get into a place where the pain isn’t you main indicator and problems can be prevented, not fixed.
5. You Shouldn’t always Brush Right After a Meal
Sugar and acids are on an odd little timer most people don’t think about. For the first hour or so after eating or drinking something sugary or acidic, brushing can lead to a softening of enamel, which wears the tooth down. If you have to brush your teeth right away, give your mouth a good 20-30 seconds of rinsing with water.
Easy right? We get it; dentist offices aren’t the most fun thing in the world, and there can be a reasonable level of fright when it comes to visiting the dentist. Don’t let this dissuade you from visiting, though! Learn more about the awesome staff and practice that is Hospital Dental Group right here on this website! If you are looking for a new dentist or have any questions you need answered, then you’ve come to the right place. Just fill out the form to the right and we’ll hook you up with what you’re looking for in no time. Thanks for reading!