Being in the dental profession, it’s not unusual to hear, “I hate going to the dentist,” or “I’d rather (insert various phrases) than go to the dentist.” Yet, there ARE those who actually enjoy having their teeth cleaned and their smile brightened every six months!
If you dread dental cleanings, it’s likely because it’s uncomfortable. The reason it’s not comfortable is probably because you don’t floss daily. Daily flossers remove particles between teeth before they begin to breed bacteria. If not removed, these particles rot and bacteria accumulate. This forms a sticky substance known as plaque. When plaque is not sufficiently removed on a daily basis, it hardens into tartar that the Hygienist must scrape away with special tools.
Oral bacteria not only eats away at tooth surfaces (causing cavities), they attack gum tissues, which causes inflammation. This makes your gums tender and sore. When the hygienist scrapes tartar off teeth that are surrounded by inflammed gum tissue, it’s not going to be without sensations.
However, you can prevent all of this in just two minutes a day! Commit to daily flossing and you’ll soon find yourself in the habit. If you need help, ask our Hygienist to work with you so flossing is easy and you are doing it effectively. Brush at least twice daily (for a minimum of 2 minutes each time) and use a tongue scraper to remove embedded bacteria.
Your breath will be fresher, you’ll save time and money by avoiding dental repairs, and you will hopefully change your dread of dental visits to actually looking forward to 6-month cleanings!
If you are experiencing tender gums that bleed when you brush, you are in the initial stages of periodontal disease. This will only worsen without treatment. Call us at 1-866-9-Smiles for an appointment.