Life can be chaotic. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are delayed or dropped altogether. Your car may have to wait for an oil change, or you’re a month late replacing your furnace filter. Don’t let a checkup at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise be one of these!
Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any sound familiar?
Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing, twice a day. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a system to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.
Only Seeing Us When You Notice a Problem
We hope none of our patients put off exams and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.
Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the tartar before it can affect your enamel or gums.
Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to understand that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. But when you wrap a string of floss completely around a tooth, you more thoroughly clean it.
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