Today’s post is for people who are disheartened because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. We want to urge you to keep trying and assure you that the team of dental professionals at Blaisdell Family Dentistry is eager to help.
Keep Trying To Floss
Many people are observant about brushing and believe that it makes up for the lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss. We urge everyone to make it a habit to floss effectively every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the courteous dental hygienists at Blaisdell Family Dentistry would be happy to teach you. (They’re the pros!) Call 208-377-9696 to schedule a professional dental cleaning refresher course on flossing.
Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety
Skipping dental checkups can have dangerous, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe cavities or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential perils. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. This psychological disorder affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any required procedures. Talk to Drs. Blaisdell if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Blaisdell Family Dentistry provides oral sedation and other help for anxious patients.
Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco
Smoking is just as dangerous for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the issues caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.
Many smokers do not kick the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than existing users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!
Sometimes a little help can make all the difference. Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-377-9696 to schedule an appointment.
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services., Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014, accessed June 13, 2017
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