The Top 5 Pieces of Advice We Gave Our Patients in 2016

We see hundreds of patients every month, and we have some important advice we offer on a regular basis. We’ve compiled the top 5 pieces of advice we gave our patients this past year.

#1: Flossing Is Still Effective…Despite the Rumors

This summer, the Associated Press published an article calling into question the benefits of regular flossing. The story was picked up by a number of major news outlets, sending dentists and hygienists everywhere into a panic.

The truth is that flossing continues to be a vital part of a healthy dental care routine. The American Dental Association wrote in a follow-up article to the AP story, “To maintain good oral health, the American Dental Association continues to recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner and regular dental visits advised by your dentist.

#2: If You Want To Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis, Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

Last year Consumer Reports referenced a 2014 study demonstrating that “compared with manual toothbrushes, electrics reduced dental plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis (i.e., inflammation of the gums) 11 percent more after three months of use.

If you want to take your oral health to the next level, we suggest investing in a quality electric toothbrush. Choose one…

  • from Oral-B or Sonicare (we’ve found these to be some of the best)
  • with a 2-minute timer
  • with a pressure-sensitive indicator (to ensure you’re not pushing too hard)

#3: Use a Mouthrinse Specifically Designed to Reduce Cavities

Some mouthrinses are great at helping reduce gingivitis. However, not all mouthrinses serve the same purpose. For children and teens, a high-fluoride mouthrinse is crucial in preventing the formation of cavities. For a great list of options, check out the American Dental Association’s list here.

#4: Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush

Using an old toothbrush is not nearly as effective as using one with fresh, straight bristles. If your or your child’s toothbrush looks like this, it’s time to throw it out:

A worn out toothbrush is not only ineffective at cleaning your teeth, but it can also be harmful to your gums. Replace a worn out toothbrush immediately, whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush.

Additionally, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months or after any sickness.

#5: Don’t Wait Until You’re Having a Problem to See Your Dentist

Keeping your regular dental visits at least twice a year helps ensure lasting dental health and keeps small problems from becoming big ones. We’ll evaluate existing dental work, eliminate potential future problems, and keep your smiling looking its best. If you don’t have your next appointment on the calendar, click here to request an appointment with us. We look forward to serving you!