In the dental world, just like any other local dentist, Dr. Trent Smallwood has heard just about EVERY excuse to why someone doesn’t see him regularly, or why someone doesn’t floss… and honesty from time to time, we have all been guilty. Maybe sometimes, we just get a little “forgetful”, however, sometimes it is just a matter of understanding why it’s good for you! At the end of the day, everyone wants to see a happy and healthy smile, and those beautiful words from your dentist saying, “everything looks great!”
Dr. Smallwood, regarded and honored by his clients as the best Dentist in Tempe, and one of the most respected dentists today, knows that keeping things simple and consistent is key. It’s in doing simple and quick things more consistent in between visits could be the difference between healthy gums or getting treatment. Whether you are coming in to see Dr. Smallwood, or you visit your local dentist, hear are a few things to keep in mind to add to your daily to-do list to make your dentist say BRAVO!
- Change and Replace Your Toothbrush Often
Sure. We know when it’s time to replace our shoes, our socks, or that shirt that somehow got that nasty stain on it… but how often should you replace your toothbrush? If you have a manual toothbrush, on average it is best to change it out every 3-4 months. This could change depending on usage. Some of the things you will want to think about as well as the bristles. If the bristles are frayed, it is harder for them to do their job to throw it out. Also consider changing your toothbrush earlier if you have been sick, or if you are storing your toothbrush close to other toothbrushes. Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive and come in many different styles, but the key to not be rough on your teeth and gums. Use a toothbrush that makes you more likely to brush often, whether it’s a manual toothbrush or an electric one. Which brings us to our next point.
- Going Electric?
Many dental patients ask if it matters whether they use an electric or a manual toothbrush. First and foremost, brushing consistently is key, so if one makes you brush more often and consistently, go for it. However, there are some great benefits to using an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes on average can brush at 30,000 strokes a minute, while the manual toothbrush average is about 200 strokes. Electric toothbrushes also help with stain removal, which for some people may be a bigger case winner for the electric. Many electric toothbrushes have sensors to ensure that you are brushing long enough, and not brushing too hard. There are a wide variety of electric toothbrushes, which means you will find some starting at $20 and go over to about $200. Be sure to do your homework and find the electric toothbrush that works best for you. Can’t decide? Make sure to ask your local dentist, who will always be happy to give you guidance in finding the right one for you.
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to floss daily. Not only is it a matter of fresher breath and happier gums, but it also plays into your overall health and wellness. Flossing every day helps you get rid of that pesky plaque, which can start to harden hours after eating a meal, and within 48 hours can literally stick to your teeth. Are your gums leaving a bloody thread after you floss? Some folks will stop flossing to avoid it, however, it is actually healthy to continue to floss. By getting rid of the bacteria in-between your teeth and gum line, your body will send blood cells to the area to help the infection. You will see improvement and a much happier smile! Happier gums also play into your overall health. Certain medical issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis have been linked to gum disease. Keep your gums healthy, and your body and your dentist will thank you!
- Get Your Calcium On!
Calcium is by far one of the most important minerals in your body. Calcium provides so much more than just healthy bones and teeth. Calcium helps regulate body fluids, including enzymes and hormones, and is also essential in normal blood clotting. Calcium has so many great benefits, and when deficient, can cause issues including weakened bones and teeth. Your body can’t produce its own calcium, so it’s very important to make sure to add calcium-rich foods to your diet. The National Institute of Health (NIH) provides a great list of calcium-rich foods, as well as a daily recommendation of calcium, depending on your age. Check out https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/ to learn more, or talk with your local dentist (we recommend Dr. Smallwood, the best dentist in Tempe in our opinion) ? to learn more.
These tips will give you great steps forward in providing a healthy and happy mouth, beautiful smile, and overall healthier self. If you don’t have a regimen already, get started, and when it’s time to see your dentist, watch the smiles that come from their face!