Small things can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your beautiful smile. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and trust us when we say everyone’s mouth has a lot of it. However, you shouldn’t worry because bacteria isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy and starts to affect dental health in Seattle. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.
This is gross to think about, but it’s a good idea to store your toothpaste as far away from the toilet as you can. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush. Otherwise, bacteria and fecal matter from flushing can land on your toothbrush. Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, cavities, as well as bad breath. Doing so will vastly improve your dental health in Seattle.
If you have sensitive teeth, don’t rinse your mouth out after you brush your teeth at night. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work. If you can avoid dental cavities, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as dental implants, porcelain crowns, or prepless veneers. However, if you do need cosmetic dental services, there is no shame in it. Dr. Brian McKay is passionate about helping patients maintain healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about our services, give us a call at 206-720-0600.