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There are many anxieties that a person can deal with when they walk into the dentist. Will they have to take x-rays? Have I flossed frequently enough? What if my teeth look bad?
However, there are some things that your NC dentist at Friendly Dentistry wants you to know.
X-Rays and Radiation
There are many that are concerned that by getting x-rays taken of their mouth, they are risking cancer. However, if you were to stand outside for an hour or more, you’re already being exposed to more radiation than you would get from an x-ray. What you ought to be worried about is if you never have the x-rays taken. You could be missing out on some serious oral health issues!
More Than Just Teeth
Your dentist is going to know a lot more than just information about your teeth. They also have to know the ins and outs of your gums, the bones that comprise your mouth, and even how to detect cancers of the mouth. Your oral health influences your overall well being. While its great that visiting your dentist means you’re on your way to your best smile, they know so much more than that!
There’s a Better Way to Use Toothpaste
Often times people think of toothpaste as a sort of soap for your teeth. In reality, its probably better to think about it as a type of lotion. The longer your toothpaste is in contact with your tooth’s enamel, the bigger the effect will be. Whenever possible, it’s good to spit out the bubbles and saliva but then wait a little while to rinse your mouth out.
We Know How Frequently You’ve Been Flossing
Let’s face it, some people floss (link to flossing article here) out of guilt the week (or less) before their appointment. Truthfully- we can tell if you’ve just recently decided to floss again. The appearance and health of your gums depends on ongoing care, and not how you flossed within the last week. So, if you’re tempted to start flossing when you haven’t been already; don’t. You might be doing more harm than good!
Don’t Rely On Pain
Problems with your teeth do not generally cause pain until it gets serious. A lot of oral care problems will not cause you pain if you catch them soon enough. This is where regular dental visits and x-rays can come in handy. You have the ability to reverse oral care problems before it ever causes you pain.
Consider Your Baby
Your oral health can directly affect your baby. Think about it: you’re giving them kisses, sharing spoons, and possibly putting their pacifiers in your mouth to clean it off for them. All of these activities are times where you could be transmitting harmful bacteria to their mouth. This can really set the stage for the rest of their oral health.
If you’d like to know what else is going on in your dentist’s mind while you sit in the chair, make an appointment with Friendly Dentistry today and your oral care professionals can tell you all about it.