How Can You Get the Best Smile? Top 4 Secrets Our Hygienists WANT You to Know

How Can You Get the Best Smile? Top 4 Secrets Our Hygienists WANT You to Know

Apr 28, 2021

At Westwood Dental Group, we know the dentist can be scary, but our hygienists are here to help you solve the top 4 secrets in dental cleanings!

We all can agree that the dentist’s office is not the most fun place in the world, but that does not mean that it can’t be a great experience! At Westwood Dental Group in Westwood, MA, our hygienists are constantly working to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable in your treatment.

Today, we want to walk you through the top 4 secrets that our hygienists WANT you to know! Read on to learn more about how you can improve your flossing and the best ways to make your smile SHINE!

NUMBER 1: Flossing really does need to be a daily routine!

During your routine dental exams and cleanings in Westwood, MA, our hygienists will always ask you how your flossing is going. We do not ask that to make you feel guilty; we genuinely want to know! Just like brushing your teeth or using mouthwash, flossing daily is a huge factor in protecting your teeth and gums from serious gum diseases, such as Periodontal disease.

If you or your loved ones struggle to make flossing teeth a daily habit, make it a fun part of your day! Pick your favorite song or a favorite beat, and start getting in between those teeth! Even the smallest acts, like flossing your teeth, can get your smile to stand out in the crowd in Westwood, MA.

Flossing helps to remove the bacteria and leftover food particles from between your teeth. By eliminating these bacteria, you are not only protecting your teeth and gums but also helping your smile!

NUMBER 2:  You shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after eating

At your routine dental cleaning, we always emphasize the importance of brushing your teeth at least twice a day. For our patients who go above and beyond to make sure they are brushing after meals, this secret is for you! While it may seem like you need to brush your teeth immediately after eating, according to the ADA, you should wait at least 60 minutes. We know this may sound counterintuitive because you want to keep your mouth clean and healthy, but the acids can be forced deeper into your teeth if you brush too soon.

By being mindful of your brushing habits daily, you can protect your enamel from wear or damage, which in the end keeps your smile healthier and happier. Additionally, balancing your oral health routine with your overall wellness routine, such as your diet, can make tremendous improvements to the health and natural beauty of your smile. Check out this ADA article to learn about foods that are best for your oral health!

At your next routine dental cleaning, check in with your Westwood, MA dental hygienist to learn if you are brushing and flossing correctly.

NUMBER 3: Not everyone suffers from Tooth Sensitivity

Before we expand on this, it is important to note that you should never feel embarrassed about any dental problems you have. As dental hygienists, we want to help you with your oral health, not judge you for it. That being said, if you are having difficulty eating foods or drinking beverages that are hot or cold because it hurts your teeth, you should give us a call.

Tooth sensitivity can be treated in a variety of ways. In more minor cases of teeth sensitivity, our Westwood, MA dentist may prescribe you a toothpaste to help alleviate your symptoms and protect your enamel. In other cases, our dentist may recommend some preventative treatments, including sealants, fillings, and in more severe cases, Root Canal Therapy.

While teeth sensitivity is common among patients, it does not mean that it needs to continue. We can help you treat your tooth sensitivity by addressing any cavities or adjusting your at-home dental care routine to help alleviate your pain.

Check out this tooth sensitivity quiz from the ADA to learn more about your tooth sensitivity and other myths!

NUMBER 4: We want you to ask questions!

One of the most important things we convey to our Westwood, MA patients is that there is no such thing as a silly question. Your oral health is crucial to your overall health and wellness. That is why we make your oral health our top priority at Westwood Dental Group on High Street.

Whether you are wondering about possible treatment options, do’s and don’ts of brushing and flossing, or simply what kinds of toothpaste we recommend, we welcome any and all questions! There is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to your oral health. You wouldn’t hold back on asking your Primary Care Provider questions, so you shouldn’t be nervous with us either.

At Westwood Dental Group, our number one priority is to help our patients care for their oral health. We also want to educate our patients so that they can extend their oral health care beyond our office. To schedule your routine dental cleaning with one of our Westwood, MA dental hygienists, click here or call 781-326-9125.

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