Dental Care: Too Much, Too Little, Or Just Right?

Updated: Apr 8


Figuring out how much to use or not use, how frequently to do something or not do something, and more can start to make you feel a little cuckoo in terms of your dental care! You don’t want to fall short of your requirements, of course, but you’d also be sad to hear you’re going overboard. How to get it all straight, you wonder, so you can stay the course and keep your teeth and gums in lovely condition? Well, you have come to the right place! Our Columbia, TN team is ready to go with the details regarding the too-little, too-much, and just-right questions you have! Hint: It’s easier than it seems!


Your Toothpaste!

We know that there’s part of you that assumes if you use very little toothpaste, you’re not going to have enough to coat your entire smile. This is true, of course! We also know that you may assume that using as much as you can handle is probably going to offer you some serious benefits! However, this isn’t accurate. What is true is that when you practice your home dental care, the “just right” amount is the size of a pea. Not a long strip. Not just a smear. Keep this in mind, even if it feels counterintuitive at first, for best oral health results!

Your Dental Floss

How much dental floss do you guess you probably need for each session? You may assume that as long as you’re flossing, then this qualifies. However, the truth is, if you want to practice effective dental care, you need enough so that you use a fresh little segment between each pair of teeth. How much is that, about? Well, it shakes out to around 18 inches of floss!

Daily Dental Care

It’s so easy: Brush two times a day. Floss one time a day. Done!

Your Visits With Our Team

If you’re coming to see us twice a year for your preventive checkups and cleanings, then you’re spot-on with this one! With that said, remember that if you fall short of this, you’re not coming in frequently enough for consistent and effective protection. As for whether it’s okay to come in more often for additional dental visits for things like fillings, cosmetic care, and more, the answer is: Of course! Make use of professional dental care to the extent that you need it! We always look forward to helping your smile.

Gather Dental Care Info From Us

Get in touch with our team, when you are ready for your next preventive dental visit, when you would like to learn more about how to best care for your smile, or when it’s time for additional smile care! 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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