The Oral Health Quiz from Your Dallas Dentist
If you’re one of our patients, then you know that brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once, and attending your six-month dental checkup and cleaning are essential components to good oral health. Sometimes, however, we can forget the reasons behind our habits, which can make us less diligent in our oral health care. To help keep a healthy mouth at the forefront of your mind, your Dallas dentist, Dr. Lynn, tests your knowledge of some oral health basics.
True or False—Oral Health
A toothbrush with stiffer bristles is better for cleaning your teeth.
False—Technically, rougher bristles may seem to more easily remove debris and stains from your teeth. However, harsh bristles, as well as rough brushing, can also more easily wear away your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth from food debris and bacteria. Instead, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and brush the surfaces of your teeth lightly.
Brushing immediately after every meal and snack is healthier for your teeth.
False—Keeping your teeth clean is important, but excessive tooth brushing can traumatize your teeth. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth produce acids from the sugars and carbs in your meal. These acids attack and weaken your tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth while your enamel is in this weakened state, you may end up damaging the enamel further.
If you adhere to your daily oral hygiene chores, then a routine dental visit is unnecessary.
False—Even the most diligent oral hygiene routine is not enough to prevent oral health issues alone. For instance, when plaque (a collection of oral bacteria and food debris) remains on your teeth for 48 hours, it hardens, or calcifies, into tartar. This hardened substance is insoluble and cannot be removed with your toothbrush, but rather requires the professional cleaning tools used during your routine dental cleaning. Also, your checkup will allow your dentist to spot early signs of decay and disease, improving your chance of successful treatment before damage occurs.
Covering Those Small Blemishes
A beautiful smile is the icing on the cake of a healthy mouth. However, every day use and elements of our daily diets can often leave small blemishes on even the healthiest set of teeth. Tooth stains are the most common blemishes, and can often be corrected with a professional tooth-whitening procedure. To learn more about making your smile as beautiful as it is healthy, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.