Most people are aware that in order to maintain optimal oral health they should brush and floss their teeth in-between dentist visits. However, some dental tips and expectations and less well-known, even if they appear to be common sense.
At Healthy Smile Centre, our aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible when visiting the dentist in Alexandria. Whether you are visiting for a simple examination and cleaning or for a more complex treatment, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Simply follow some basic rules and our instructions and your teeth will remain healthy for longer.
It’s not normal to have bleeding gums
Contrary to popular belief, gums that bleed after a tooth brushing are not normal. Instead, bleeding, puffed, swollen and sensitive gums are an indication of gum disease – an infection that can easily spread to the jawbone and even lead to tooth loss. Letting your dentist in Alexandria know if you see any blood after brushing and flossing is really important since it will help them identify if you have gum disease and help treat the problems before it becomes too extensive and expensive to treat.
Only brushing and flossing before your appointment won’t fool anyone
It goes without saying, but brushing and flossing only for a few days before your dental appointment, will not fool your dentist in Alexandria. Your dentist will be able to tell if plaque and bacteria have accumulated over your teeth and hasty pre-appointment brushings and flossing will only hurt your teeth and gums instead of helping them.
Babies and toddlers must see the dentist
Because tooth decay is a threat, it’s important to bring your baby to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. Tooth decay is very common in children and toddlers, but can be avoidable if you visit the dentist in Alexandria. At the same time, your dentist will discourage you from letting your child go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth, since this can also cause tooth decay. Pacifiers and sipping cups can also contribute to tooth decay especially if they contain milk or juice and a child is allowed to fall asleep with them.