How do you feel about your teeth? Are you happy with your dentist? Do you take care of your teeth well enough in between visits? If you had any negative responses to these questions, then this article is for you. It’s time to take control of your dental situation and learn some information that can move you forward.
If you have questions for your dentist, write them down and bring them to your appointment. Once your cleaning and exam begin, it is hard to get a word in edgewise, especially with picks, pokers and mirrors in your mouth! Speak up beforehand, and a dental hygienist can answer your questions before your mouth is too full, or too sore to ask afterwards.
You cannot just expect to brush your teeth and do nothing else. It is also a good idea to use antiseptic mouthwash as well as dental floss. Mouthwash is able to get rid of the germs that you miss when brushing, and floss is able to get rid of food and plaque between teeth. For best results, brush, floss and use mouthwash in tandem with one another.
Taking fluoride supplements can also strengthen teeth. If your teeth are not staying white or you notice an increase of gum problems, consider taking a fluoride supplement. Too much fluoride can cause the teeth to get yellow spots. If you see these spots, cut back on the supplements and anything else that gives you fluoride.
If you are diagnosed with advanced gum disease, it’s time to step up your hygiene routine. At this point, flossing once, twice or even three times daily is no longer sufficient to stimulate healing. Make an appointment with a periodontist, who can prescribe a medicated mouthwash, toothpaste or prescription antibiotic. In the meantime, continue brushing and flossing frequently to keep things from becoming worse.
If you run out of toothpaste, baking soda and water can be an effective substitute. Simply mix in some water with a small amount of baking soda and use it just as you would toothpaste. An added benefit to using baking soda is that, along with neutralizing mouth odors, its abrasive nature can help with stain removal.
Usually, most teenagers are rather lazy about caring for their teeth. But teens are also very sensitive and self-conscious. A way to motivate them to brush and floss their teeth is to explain that other teens do not like to kiss people with poor dental hygiene. Attracting a girlfriend or boyfriend is important to teens. Gently nudge them to take care of their teeth.
If the taste of mint turns your tummy, there is still hope! There are many more flavors to toothpaste than just mint. Select a flavor you like. If you struggle to locate a toothpaste you enjoy, search your local health store or have your dentist make some suggestions for you.
In no time at all, you are now prepared with the information you need to have better control of your teeth. You want to make the right decisions, and you want your teeth to be in good hands. Teeth often help make a first impression, and you want yours to be good.