Flossing right before your dentist visit doesn’t fool anyone.
If the last time you flossed was, well, the last time you had a dental checkup, you’re better off leaving your gums alone before your appointment. Dentists can tell by your gum tissue whether you floss regularly or not, and a hasty pre-appointment flossing will hurt your gums more than it helps them.
If you don’t floss, you’ll have bad breath.
The next time you floss, smell the piece of floss before you throw it away. You’ll instantly know where bad breath is most likely to originate from. No matter how often you brush your teeth and tongue, if you neglect flossing, you’ll still suffer from bad breath—and those around you will, too! Therefore, be sure to floss every day, no matter how annoying you may find it.
Take off your lipstick before your dentist visit.
If you’re a lipstick-lover who has squeezed in a checkup after work, this tiny detail might slip your mind—but be sure to remove your lipstick before your appointment! Lipstick will get all over the dentist’s gloves, examination tools, and your teeth, so make sure to wipe it off before your appointment begins.
No dentist likes to see a tongue piecing.
Pierce your eyebrows, your ears, your lips, or your nose—but don’t pierce your tongue. Mouth piercings are at huge risk for infection if they aren’t performed in an absolutely sterile environment, and in some cases, an infection can become so rampant that pieces of the tongue must be removed. Even if there is no infection, tongue piercings often chip front teeth, causing your dentist even more anxiety. So if you value your smile, and your dentist’s sanity, keep the piercings on the outside of your face.
Babies, toddlers, and children do need to see the dentist.
Because bacteria can start to grow early, it’s important to bring your baby to the dentist when the first tooth appears. Tooth decay is common in children and toddlers, but it’s 100% preventable if you take the right first steps. While we’re on the subject of babies, don’t ever let your infant go to sleep with a bottle in its mouth—that can cause bottle tooth decay. Pacifiers, sippy cups, and chew toys can also contribute to tooth decay if a child is permitted to fall asleep with them.