10 Important Details Dentists Should Tell Their Patients

Date February 27, 2018

Despite all the modern achievements of science and technology, going to the dentist is not the most enjoyable task. Yet, we have to turn to a dentist's help once in a while.

Impatient to leave the dentist's, we often forget to ask them a few questions. And dentists, as a matter of fact, aren't exactly eager to share the secrets of their profession.

Below are 10 important moments your dentist will not speak about until asked to.

1. How often should you brush your teeth?

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Although brushing our teeth has been part of our daily hygiene ritual since childhood, dentists believe many people tend to make mistakes while brushing their teeth. Due to ignorance or negligence, we make critical mistakes that increase the risk of developing dental diseases.

Regular brushing of teeth improves the condition of the gums and helps destroy up to 60% of plaque.

So how often should we brush our teeth? According to dentists, the process of toothbrushing should be especially thorough in the morning and in the evening. For prophylactic purposes, you can simply rinse your mouth after each meal or snack.

Most bacteria reproduce within 48 hours. Therefore, if you were able to brush your teeth a single time in a day and thoroughly brushed all corners, there is no need to worry!

In addition, experts recommend doing a professional cleaning of the teeth in a dental office twice a year. This will help remove tartar and discoloration.

2. Which method of tooth brushing is the most effective?

At the moment, there are numerous effective methods of toothbrushing named after their inventors.

Below are three of the most common toothbrushing techniques. You can choose the one you like most!

  1. Charter's toothbrushing technique: This technique involves circular motions with the brush at an angle of 40 degrees. This method perfectly massages the gums and removes food remnants between the teeth.
  2. Leonard's toothbrushing technique: This technique presupposes vertical movements with the brush, which is held perpendicular to the surface of closed teeth. It is possible to clean the chewing surface of the teeth with "back and forth" movements.
  3. Smith-Bell toothbrushing technique: This technique presupposes smooth rotary movements of the toothbrush which simulate the chewing of food. 

According to dentists, the toothbrushing process should not last less than 3 minutes. At the end of the procedure, it is necessary to rinse your mouth with a special product - preferably an herbal one (you can prepare this infusion at home).

Important: The rinse aid should not contain alcohol or chlorhexidine!

As already noted above, you need to wash your oral cavity after each meal. If you have healthy teeth, you can use chewing gum instead of rinsing your mouth. Make sure you throw it away after 5-7 minutes!

3. How often should you change your toothbrush?

Perhaps everybody knows that over time bacteria accumulate on your toothbrush. Do you know how often you should change your toothbrush? According to dentists, it is best to change it once every 3 months, provided that you wash and dry it properly after each time you brush your teeth.

If you have gum diseases or a tendency to bleed, you need to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. A tough brush works well to fight tooth plaque, but it can injure the oral cavity. Products of average softness are suitable for everyone.

But if you tend to ''chew'' your toothbrush, you have to change it once a month! Broken bristles may injure the mucous membrane and make it vulnerable to bacteria.

4. Is it really necessary to use dental floss?

There is no clinical evidence that dental floss has an influence on the condition of the teeth and the development of cavities.

If your gums are very sensitive, you need to be extremely careful with dental floss. You can use a more gentle option, for example, a water flosser.

On the other hand, if your gums are completely healthy, using dental floss is a great extra massage.

5. What is the best time to visit a dentist?

Many people believe that it is better to complete any unpleasant task as soon as possible. This is why most patients want to be the first to rush to the dentist's office.

Dentists are ordinary people. You should not forget that the process of treating teeth requires great attention and sharp movements.

If you want your dentist to work as efficiently as possible, try to be the 3rd or 4th patient in the queue.

Of course, waiting at the end of the line is not the best choice either. :)

6. How often should you consult a dentist?

The frequency of appointments with a dentist is individual for each patient. But dentists recommend the following frequency: once a year for adults and every six months for children.

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7. How to relieve tooth pain without professional help?

Sometimes, we have tooth pain on weekends or during holidays. So what should we do if we can't receive medical help? You can temporarily relieve tooth pain with the help of acupressure.

The most effective point for anesthetizing the teeth is on the back of the palm, between the thumb and forefinger.

Tooth pain in the left side can be soothed through massaging the above-described point on the right hand. If tooth pain is localized on the right side, you should try massaging your left hand. When doing this anesthetic massage, you need to clench and unclench your teeth.

8. What is most harmful to the teeth?

Every dentist believes that instead of regularly going to a dentist, prevention is the best method.

Our daily activities strongly influence the state of our teeth.

The most harmful habits include smoking, extremely cold or hot drinks, excess sugar consumption, and lack of vitamins.

9. Is tooth whitening really necessary?

According to dentists, tooth whitening is another harmful habit. Of course, not every dentist will admit that a healthy color of teeth is a little greyish or yellowish. The tooth whitening procedure has a great number of contraindications since chemicals make the tooth enamel weak and porous.

The color is determined not by the enamel but by the dentin, the inner part of a tooth.

External tooth plaque can be easily removed from the enamel with the help of an ordinary professional cleaning method that will significantly improve the color of the teeth.

10. What should you do with an extracted tooth?

Have you ever thought about what happens to your teeth after extraction? They may undergo further examination or serve as a training model for dental students. Modern mannequins are usually equipped with artificial jaws, but a particularly interesting case may be "illustrated" with the help of real teeth!

But most often, extracted teeth have the banalest fate - they are simply recycled.

Bonus: a common trick of dentists!

Have you ever wondered why you never see the table with dental tools while you are sitting in the examination chair? The reason is dentists don't want to scare you with their ''horrible'' instruments!

Besides, many dentists use special short phrases when communicating with nurses, which also has the aim of relieving patients of unnecessary information.

We hope we could give answers to some of your questions concerning the health of your teeth. What other questions would you like to ask a dentist?

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