Have you ever found yourself desperately brushing and flossing your teeth a few days before a dental appointment hoping that your dentist won’t find out about not following a consistent oral hygiene routine? Unfortunately, you are not alone. Studies have shown that many people feel obliged to take good care of their teeth and gums only just before a dental appointment in an attempt to ‘fool’ the dentist. However, a dentist cannot be easily fooled.
At Smilemakers, we care about your teeth and gums and we will do our best to help you keep them healthy and beautiful; however, not telling the truth to your dentist in Southampton about your oral hygiene habits, will only prove harmful in the long run.
Plaque – the invisible enemy
Did you know that plaque can harm your teeth in more ways than one? Plaque is a bacterial deposit that sits on your teeth and gums shortly after consuming food. Over time, it hardens into a substance known as tartar. Plaque and tartar are dangerous for your oral health since they are responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. Plaque can be controlled with regular brushing and flossing, but these measures are not enough. You should always schedule visits for regular cleanings to ensure that your teeth are completely free of plaque.
The importance of flossing
Flossing can be a boring task for many people, but it is as important as brushing in keeping great oral health and your dentist in Southampton can tell if you have been avoiding it. There is no need to feel intimidated by flossing. If you can’t use regular floss, there are plenty of products in the market specifically designed for less capable flossers. If you want advice on the right products or how to use them to remove plaque from in-between your teeth and gums, ask for the help of your dentist in Southampton. Establishing a daily flossing routine will be beneficial for your gums and oral health in the long run and your dentist won’t have any reason to complain.
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If it’s time to see the dentist for your bi-annual check, don’t forget to call us and book your appointment today.