You may think to yourself when you consider your preventive care, “Hey – I’m brushing and flossing every day and going to the dentist – I must be doing a pretty wonderful job!” When it comes to your dental hygiene, you are, in fact, on the right track. However, if you are overlooking some minor details associated with your otherwise on-target choices, you may find that you’re harming your teeth rather than protecting them. Allow us to provide you with some potential areas that you may need to change.
#1: You’re Using Your Teeth As Tools
Are you a fan of using your teeth as tools? For instance, when you’re opening a stubborn package, do you default to using your teeth rather than reaching for scissors? Or, do you tend to bite your fingernails to keep them tidy rather than seeking out a nail clipper? Unfortunately, the more often you use your teeth for purposes that are not strictly chewing or forming your words, you are placing them in danger of damage.
#2: You’re Using Abrasive Products
Your preventive care habits are likely right on point – you’re brushing twice a day (once in the morning and again at night), you’re flossing once a day, and you are keeping up with your visits to see us twice a year. However, are you using the right products for your dental hygiene? If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush and gritty toothpaste, you may be damaging your teeth. Swap the brush for one with soft bristles. Seek out a toothpaste that is not abrasive. You will get the job done without damage.
#3: You’re Ignoring Signs of Bruxism
Has your spouse or friend mentioned that you have been grinding your teeth? Have we suggested bruxism treatment? If so, speak with us about treatment during your next preventive care visit, so we can protect your teeth from damage like fractures and breaks.
ABOUT YOUR SANTA CLARITA VALLEY, CA, DENTIST:
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our Santa Clarita Valley, CA office today at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve residents of Canyon Country and Santa Clarita Valley, CA, as well as San Fernando, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.