If your teeth could talk, what do you think they might say to you?
After all, your teeth watch every bit of food and drink that passes your lips. They observe how often you brush your teeth and floss, and keep track of those times when you might skimp on your oral care routine.
Use your imagination – can’t you just hear your teeth making these comments?
“Thank you for brushing twice a day to keep us clean and healthy!”Are you brushing for 2 minutes each time? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dividing your mouth into quadrants – the upper front and back, and lower front and back – and brushing eachfor 30 seconds.
“Please get rid of that old toothbrush!”Is your toothbrush worn out? Even electric brushes need to be replaced regularly. ADA recommendations call for replacing your brush every 3-4 months, or more frequently if the bristles become worn.
“Don’t skimp on flossing!”Bacteria remaining on the teeth and gums can cause plaque and tartar that can result in tooth decay and gum disease. The only way to reach all tooth surfaces is by careful flossing at least once a day.
“Cut down on sugary drinks and foods.”Our brain might enjoy these, but sugar makes even more bacteria to cause tooth decay. Indulge your “sweet tooth” with fresh fruit instead of candy, desserts and soda.
“We love our dentist – let’s go for a visit!”We should be cleaned every 6 months to remove harmful plaque before it turns into tartar. At our 6-month exam, our entire mouth will be examined including gums and tongue to stay healthy and prevent disease.
Listen to your teeth! They know the importance of good oral care. Please schedule an exam and cleaning now!
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.