Tips From Tucson Dentists
Simple Ways To Maintain Excellent Dental Health Starting Today
If I told you that it’s important to see your dentist regularly and that you should have a dental check up every 6 months, many adults would just shrug and say, “Yeah, yeah… I know, I know”. Yet despite the fact that most of us know this to be true, it’s amazing how many people do not follow these simple guidelines.
In this article I’ll be sharing with you a few tips and facts gathered from my conversations with various dentists in Tucson. My hope is that even if these ideas are nothing earth shattering, they will be enough to prompt some people (maybe even YOU!), to call their dentist and schedule that long overdue appointment. Making sure your mouth and teeth are healthy today, before you have serious problems, can save you a significant amount of time, discomfort and money in the long run.
Breath Mints and Mouthwash for Bad Breath
We are constantly bombarded with commercials and advertisements for things like breath mints and mouthwash to keep our breath ‘minty fresh’. The idea being that no one needs to worry about bad breath anymore (the technical term for bad breath is halitosis).
The ‘quick fix’ of using one of these minty cover-ups is OK in certain circumstances, such as after eating certain foods with strong odors such as onions or garlic. But if you find yourself needing to use these products all the time because you have chronic bad breath, then you might want to consider seeing your dentist or even your primary doctor because it could be a sign that there is something more significant going on with you.
You see, sometimes bad breath can be caused by issues you’re having with your stomach. By just covering up the odor you’re not doing anything to address the actual problem, and it could get worse.
On the other hand, if you are someone who simply likes to eat foods that tend to leave lingering odors and you do use breath mints or chewing gum on a regular basis, the Tucson dentists I spoke to said it’s very important that you choose a sugar-free variety so you don’t contribute to tooth decay.
Dentists in Tucson Remind You - Don't Over-Do It Either
We all know we should brush our teeth regularly. The ideal amount is usually considered 2 to 3 times per day. The thing that many people don’t realize is that you can actually brush your teeth too much.
Tooth enamel is a delicate thing. If you are brushing your teeth too often, or with a tooth brush that is too rough, you can actually do damage to your enamel. You definitely don’t want to do that as it is the protective outer covering to your teeth.
So while it’s easy to think of people who may not brush often enough (think of children who need reminding, poking and prodding to get them to go brush!), there are actually people who do it too much and end up having dental issues because of that too.
When speaking to several Tucson dentists, they recommended using a “soft” toothbrush, and brushing after meals in the morning and evening. Some recommended brushing after your mid-day meal as well, but said this was more optional that the other times of day, which really need to be part of your daily routine.
When brushing, you want to make sure you spend at least 2 minutes and that you brush every tooth. You don’t need to ‘scrub’ them either… just make sure go in an up and down motion to most effectively remove any food particles that may remain between your teeth. (Of course this should always be followed by flossing, but that is another article!)
Finding the Best of Tucson’s Dentist Community
There are many great dentists in Tucson. And if you haven’t been in a long time, you’ll be surprised at how much things have changed. You don’t need to fear the dentist anymore. And you certainly don’t need to be like this guy…
Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.
- Joseph Barbera
Don't let that be you! ;)