Maybe you’ve wondered if your Denver dentist isn’t telling you everything you need to know. Weisbard Dental prides itself on making sure every patient is well-educated and informed. Dr. Weisbard presents all the information she has during a visit to make sure you are able to make informed decisions.
Sometimes it can be hard to remember to ask certain questions during an appointment. We urge you to look over these topics and make a list of any questions you might have for your next appointment. Bring your questions with you and we will have the answers.
Don’t Assume All Toothpastes Are Equal
There are so many toothpastes option out there. Every dentist may have his or her favorite, but they will all be honest with you that not all toothpastes are created equal. Look for an ADA-Accepted toothpaste with a Relative Dentin Abrasivity of less than 250. These toothpastes meet the ADA requirements for safety and efficacy in reducing tooth decay.
You may find that some toothpastes, especially whitening ones, cause sensitivity. If your teeth are sensitive, check for whitening agents in your toothpaste. In addition, your mouthwash can also cause sensitivity. Consider switching from an alcohol-based mouthwash to a basic fluoride rinse.
Don’t Floss Out of Guilt
So maybe you haven’t been a great flosser. You know your six-month cleaning is just around the corner, so you start flossing three times a day to make up for the lack of flossing. This can actually cause more harm than good. Flossing is a preventative action, but it won’t reverse tartar buildup that has already formed between your teeth. Too much flossing all at once can cause irritation and bleeding of the gums. It is better to just be honest about not flossing and then take the time to form a flossing habit.
Don’t Brush Right After You Eat
Don’t rush to brush immediately after eating. Wine, coffee, and acidic foods can soften the enamel of your teeth. Brushing immediately can gradually wear down your enamel. Wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth, or simply rinse your mouth with water prior to brushing.
Your Health Affects Your Mouth
Dentists can tell a lot about your overall health by just looking inside your mouth. Your mouth is the gateway to your body. What affects one part of your body may show up in your mouth. Medications like blood pressure or anti-anxiety medicine can cause increases in dental decay due to dry mouth. Letting your dentist know of any illness, pregnancy, stress or other medical conditions can help your Denver dentist be proactive against any potential dental problems.
Your Mouth Affects Your Health
Good dental health habits can actually keep you healthier overall. In general, the ability to eat well nourishes your entire body. A healthy smile results in confidence and higher self-esteem. Misaligned teeth may cause jaw problems and headaches. Studies have also revealed that the same bacteria that causes tooth decay is linked to heart disease. A dental infection can have serious effects on the rest of your body. Taking care of your teeth takes care of your entire body.
Dental Problems Don’t Always Cause Pain
Regular checkups are the best way to assess the condition of your teeth. In many cases, emergency procedures can be avoided if the problem is noticed before pain begins. Early treatment can result in less pain and a lower treatment cost.
It’s Not All About Looks
The prettiest smiles can hide a lot of dental issues. In return, sometimes those “not perfect” smiles can have the healthiest teeth. We work hard to balance your dental health with a natural smile. Your teeth should fit right, function properly and look perfect for you.
What your Denver dentist may not be telling you is that questions are always welcome. Weisbard Dental staff has committed to providing positive dental health experiences. Your questions help us to pinpoint your areas of concern and give you all the information you need to make good dental health decisions.