Dental Care: 3 Things To Remember About Your Hands


Your preventive dental care in Columbia, TN is of the utmost importance and this is something of which you’re already well aware. You rely on your hands to do the work for you, as you brush your teeth, floss your teeth, etc. So, if you haven’t received any significant tips for your hands or fingers just yet, today is the day! Keep in mind that when you go the extra step to make your smile care comfortable and work for you, it makes prevention more inviting, something you’re likely to be more consistent with, and the results speak for themselves!


#1: You Should Wash Them First

You should always wash your hands before practicing dental care. Otherwise, whatever is on your hands will enter your mouth when you brush and floss (and this could include germs, etc.).

#2: An Electric Toothbrush Can Help With Cramping

You’re brushing and brushing so that your teeth stay healthy and you avoid problems like tooth decay. Unfortunately, all of this brushing may cause hand cramping or may be difficult if you deal with any injuries or limitations. To this, we often suggest that our patients make it through their dental care with greater ease by considering an electric toothbrush. You’re holding and guiding it, rather than relying on lots of bones, muscles, ligaments, etc. to make tiny stroking motions that can lead to fatigue.

#3: They Shouldn’t Go Numb When Flossing

Well, hopefully your hands aren’t getting super tingly when you floss. However, it’s quite common that patients complain about tingling or numb fingertips. This doesn’t have to happen. Remember that it’s all about technique. If you’re winding the floss around your index fingers and it gets tighter and tighter as you work your way through your home dental care, we encourage you to reconsider. Instead, try carefully wrapping it around your middle fingers. Then, proceed by gripping the floss with both of your index fingers and thumbs. That way, there’s tension between these fingers but no tightening where the floss is gently wound. You can work through your smile, shifting to a new part of the floss as you go. Easy!

See Us For Help With Dental Care Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about your dental care at home, remember to voice them during your visits with our team! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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