When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is hectic for many Maple Grove residents. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are postponed or dropped altogether.

Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change. Or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter. Or you realize that you’ve had a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember.

Many important things get put on the back burner, but we plead with you not to disregard vital dental care.

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing

Your teeth deserve an attentive two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a systematic approach 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 Your Dentist When You Feel a Toothache

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 calculus, you can’t brush it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can damage your enamel or irritate your 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 know 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. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval.

A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that critical area around and just below the gumline. We have seen patients who are vigilant floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, we urge our patients to practice preventative dentistry to shield their smiles for life.

For more information, call Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS today at 763-494-4443 or visit http://www.arborlakesdental.com/about-arbor-lakes-dental.

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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