Visiting the dentist may not be your most favorite thing to do, whether you are going for a bi-annual checkup or for more in-depth dental work. But dental visits are necessary to keep your mouth in good health, so it is helpful when you can manage your anxiety or dental avoidance with some practices. The following provides you with some helpful tips to make the most of your next dental appointment.
Take Care of Your Oral Health
There is no secret formula for keeping your teeth in good health. In fact, it is only necessary for you to follow some basic guidelines for your teeth to help your dental visit go more smoothly. Follow the recommendations by your dentist and dental hygienist for brushing every day and flossing between your teeth. Twice a day brushing is a good goal, but if you can only brush once a day, it is a good starting point for great oral health. If you have trouble flossing your teeth each day, try using hand flowers, which make it easier to reach into your mouth, and you avoid having to put your fingers into your mouth.
Following these brushing and flossing recommendations daily will keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. If you experience gum bleeding, talk to your dentist to check them for any inflammation from infection or other problems. Otherwise, continue flossing on a daily basis and your gums will get stronger and not bleed after flossing.
The more saliva you have in your mouth, the better off your teeth will be. Your teeth need this saliva to stay healthy and to lower the risk of bad bacteria growth. To keep your saliva plentiful, drink plenty of water. Drinking water instead of sugary drinks will also help promote healthy teeth.
Plan For Your Comfort
If you have pain in your gums when you visit the dentist, this can make it an uncomfortable experience. Your dental hygienist can make your dental cleaning and other work more pleasant when you use a numbing cream applied to your gums before the cleaning. And if you have any painful bumps inside your mouth, a cut on your mouth, or a canker sore, topical cream is a great solution to make your appointment more comfortable while your mouth is open and your teeth are getting checked and cleaned.
You can also prepare before your appointment with a couple of options. Consider taking some ibuprofen an hour before your visit, so it is working by the time you are getting your cleaning or dental work completed. Then, look at switching your toothpaste to a sensitive toothpaste to help reduce your tooth pain all around.
For more tips, contact a local dentist.