When you want dental implants, it’s worth knowing that there are some things that are definitely worth giving up. Do you have to? Not necessarily. However, for the patient that wants to head into this type of tooth replacement with as few potential hurdles to success as possible, letting go of some not-so-beneficial habits can offer a wonderful experience (and you’ll feel pretty confident, too).
Yes, you know that if you schedule a dental exam and come in to see us, if you have a cavity, we will certainly find it! You also know that we will provide you with an oral cancer screening. What you may not know much about, though, is that there are some surprising and easy to treat concerns that we might find during your checkup. This is a good thing, by the way: Remember, easily treated concerns that we find very early help you avoid all sorts of problems (and extra costs) down the line.
You may think to yourself that while you would really love dental implants, they’re actually just a luxury. You think you could simply replace your missing teeth with a bridge or denture but you’re getting carried away with wanting what appears to be the shiniest object in the room, so to speak. While we can understand why you may end up with this perspective, we encourage you to face some facts: As luxurious as implants seem, it’s for a reason! They offer benefits you cannot expect from other prosthetics (and they’re benefits that happen to affect more than just the appearance of your smile!).
You might think that when you’re cleaning anything, the best thing to do is give it your all! While we agree when it comes to effort, we cannot exactly agree if we’re talking about force. You shouldn’t use much pressure with dental hygiene. You should, however, be quite gentle and thorough! Why is this, you wonder? Aren’t your teeth very strong and capable of withstanding a daily scouring? The answers lie in the details.
Usually, you go into the bathroom, you brush, you floss, and you’re done. There’s nothing much to worry about, as long as you’re completing your dental hygiene! However, let’s say one day, you amble into the bathroom and as you’re caring for your smile, your gums begin to bleed! As a result, your first thought is, “Oh, no! Why do I have bleeding gums?” We would like you to keep some important details in mind, so you know what to do next.
You may feel that you’re about to give up on flossing altogether. While you have heard us repeat over and over that it’s key to effective dental hygiene, you might think we are a little bit crazy because of two things: It’s proven very difficult for you to get through and there’s nothing about it that you’re enjoying. Trust us when we say, we have heard this before! Offer us just a bit more trust when we tell you: We can most certainly help!
If you’ve started thinking that you may wish to use an electric toothbrush to help cleanse and protect your smile, then you may be like a lot of other patients who still feel a bit unsure. Are your reasons good enough, you wonder? Is this type of brush actually a bad idea or dangerous for your oral health? Consider some interesting details that will help you recognize that “going electric” can be quite beneficial in many ways (and you’re free to give this brush a try).