Dr. Thomas L. Gibson Jr, DDS
9818 Paramount Boulevard, Suite A
Downey, California 90240
A glass of water a day keeps the dentist away. Actually, make that eight glasses of water, or 64 ounces. When you drink enough water, you are less likely to drink things that harm your teeth. When you skimp on water, you fill up on soda pop, Kool-Aid, and other sugary drinks.
Most people know that fast food hamburgers aren't good for you, but did you know they can affect your teeth? The hamburger bun contains sugars, which can increase the risk of cavities, and most fast food burgers contain ketchup, which also has a lot of added sugar. Keep fast food consumption to a minimum and brush your teeth right after eating a hamburger.
Are you afraid that your brushing sessions aren't long enough for effectively eliminating plaque build-up? Consider using mouthwash or a disclosing tablet. Immediately before brushing, use the product as recommended. Any problem areas will become stained with your mouthwash. Remember to use these products only when you have the time to brush away all traces that are left behind. Don't do this when you're rushing to get to work in the morning.
Take your time when you brush. Brushing for a minute or less is not enough time to thoroughly clean your mouth. It is recommended that you brush for at least two minutes every time you brush, but three minutes is also fine. Anything over that is too long and can be counterproductive to your oral health.
If going to the dentist makes you anxious, there's several things you can do to get the dental care you need. Some dentists recommend taking anti-anxiety medication before visits and are willing to prescribe it to you for this purpose. You also want to choose a dentist who is patient with anxious patients and consider getting nitrous oxide treatments when you have dental work done.
Visit your dentist regularly. Many people are afraid of dentists. For the sake of your dental health, you should try your best to conquer this fear. Don't just visit your dentist when a problem arises. If you are able, try to schedule regular tooth cleanings. Regular cleanings and checkups can prevent a real problem from occurring.
Make sure you change your toothbrush once every two or three months. After a few months of use, your toothbrush's bristles will wear out and will no longer effectively brush. This same rule applies for electric toothbrush heads. If your toothbrush is wearing out before two months, it could be a sign that you're brushing your teeth too harsh.
Don't forget to take care of your gums. Your gums are a part of your mouth as well, and they affect your teeth and many other things. In fact, if you fail to take care of gum disease, it can lead to problems in your blood. Talk to your dentist about what you should do to care for your gums.
Dentists cost a lot of money, so you want to make sure that you select one that is worth it. Doing the proper research will help eliminate your chances of running into a shady dentist. The advice given here should help you find the right one before you run into too many of the wrong ones.