Oscar Wilde once said that to expect the unexpected, shows intellect. Now that statement is certainly true and when it comes to visiting the dentist in Chesterfield, we know that our patients hate surprises! Instead it’s much better to be armed with the facts, so that’s why we thought we’d share 5 of our unexpected top dental tips that you might not have realized…
Fact # 1 – Healthy smiles are more important than ‘perfect’ smiles
Repeat after us: when it comes to your smile, it’s health over perfection every time! Of course we’re not saying you can’t ever improve your smile. What we’re really saying is that as long as your smile is healthy enough to last you a lifetime and you feel confident about it, then that’s all that really matters!
In fact, we’re sure you’d agree, that our individual smiles add a bit of character and it’s what help make us unique. After all, do you really want your smile to look the same as the next person? Of course if there’s something you want to change then as your Chesterfield dentist, we can definitely help with that, but our absolute main concern is keeping your teeth in great condition.
Fact # 2 – The most important dental treatment is carried out by you in the home
Nothing gives us greater joy than being able to give you the good news that everything looks great in there. For that to be the case, one of the most important top dental tips is to have a good oral hygiene routine at home. Believe us, most dental diseases are totally preventable with a little bit of extra TLC. By that we mean brushing for two minutes twice a day & flossing daily along with regular cleaning visits too.
Fact # 3 – Properly aligned teeth are more important than perfectly straight teeth
The truth is that while braces may indeed produce nice, straight, even teeth, it’s more important that your bite is aligned properly. That means even our patients with somewhat straight teeth could benefit from orthodontic treatment to realign their bite. Signs of needed correction include difficulty eating, frequent headaches, chewing on your lips or cheek, and overcrowding.
Fact #4 – Poking your gums is necessary
Yep that’s right, we may poke around your gums during your exam. It’s one of those necessary evils in life and there’s no getting around it. There are plenty of jokes about it but seriously guys, gum disease is no laughing matter. It affects nearly half of the adult population over the age of 30 and it really shouldn’t be ignored. So take it from us, the next time your dentist in Chesterfield questions you about your oral health routine or pokes at your gums, it’s not because they’re trying to torture you, it’s actually because they really care!
Fact # 5 – It’s possible to over-whiten your teeth
Heed our warning – it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Yes of course white, bright teeth do look pretty, but over-whitening your teeth can actually do more harm than good. It can leave you with increased sensitivity, irritated gums, and even soft-tissue chemical burns. Don’t become a whitening addict – speak to us about how often you should bleach your teeth at your next check-up.
So there you have it…
We hope we’ve cleared a few misconceptions up, but if you want any more top dental tips from our Chesterfield dentist contact us on (314) 492-0435.