Sometimes, the order with which you perform tasks (or simply remembering to take a quick precaution) can provide you with serious protection for your dental health. While you can often figure out the general details on your own through experience, we would love to share some not-so-apparent thoughts with you that can have a strong impact on your ability to keep teeth and gums safe. Take a this-before-that approach throughout the day and you’ll be pleased with the results!
Post-Meals: Rinse Before You Brush
After you eat a snack or a meal, you may be under the impression that the best thing you can do for your dental health is head straight for the bathroom to brush. However, it’s actually better to rinse with water first then brush later (in about 30 minutes). This helps loosen food particles and gives your smile pH time to become less acidic before you scrub your teeth (so brushing will be safer for your smile).
Break Down Food Before You Bite
Don’t pick up a large portion of any type of food, leaving your teeth to do all of the cutting, tugging, pulling, and tearing apart. Unless it’s easy to bite, break down the food first (with utensils or other tools), so you may use the chewing surfaces of back teeth without damaging front ones.
See Us Before You Make Up Your Mind
Don’t simply assume things about your dental health or your smile. Instead, visit us for an appointment first before you make up your mind. For instance, before you decide your tooth hurts a little but that it’s healthy, see us! You may have a cavity that needs filling. Before you decide that you must not be a good candidate for whitening, see us! You may be (or we may be able to offer an alternative).
Learn More About Easy Ways To Prevent Smile Problems
Find out some simple things you can do to prolong the health of your smile and to improve your care experience. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.