At Summit Family Dentistry, our goal is to be your go-to dentist in Denver because of how we treat you when you visit. First and foremost, our goal is to provide you with exceptional dental care all while making you feel comfortable. We know that not everybody is thrilled when they need to see their local dentist, but we’ve made it our mission to ensure that our patients know they can count on us for the best possible experience every single time.

Whether you found us because you Googled “dentist near me” or your friend recommended you to us, we’re glad you found us. We offer a number of different dental care services to help ensure that no matter the issue you’re facing, you can rest assured that we’ll take great care of you. In fact, one of the services we offer is shedding light on common dental myths right here in our blog. (And wouldn’t you know it, this is one dental service that’s free!)

So without further ado, we’d like to let you in on a few things you might not know about oral health. If that’s intriguing to you, keep reading to learn more. (And if it’s not intriguing to you…well, that’s okay too. We’d still love to see you and you can schedule an appointment here.)

3 Things You May Not Know About Oral Health

There Is Such a Thing As Brushing Too Hard

We understand the line of thinking behind brushing your teeth hard. It makes a certain amount of sense. The harder you brush, the more gunk you’re getting off of your teeth, right? Unfortunately that’s not the case.

In reality, your goal should be to brush your teeth gently, moving the head of the toothbrush in small circles. Additionally, it’s best if you use a toothbrush with soft bristles. A similar line of thinking often causes people to reach for medium or hard bristles, but soft bristles are almost always the way to go. At the end of the day, the goal is to get rid of plaque that’s built up on your teeth, and anything harder than a soft bristled toothbrush means that you risk damaging the enamel on your teeth. Needless to say, that’s not something you want to do.

It Matters What Time of Day You Brush Your Teeth

“Brush twice a day and I’m good to go, right?” Well…kind of. The truth is that it really matters what time of day you brush your teeth. Yes, it’s important to brush them twice a day — or more if you can, or when it’s necessary— but it also makes a difference when you’re brushing your teeth.

Getting strategic about it is the way to go. If possible, you’ll want to brush your teeth after you eat breakfast in the morning and after you’re done eating at night. The kicker here is that you should wait about an hour or so after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth, or once again, you risk damaging the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is quite soft, and the acids in your food can break it down. That means that if you’re not careful, you can end up brushing it away, and that’s never a good thing.

So what about when you won’t be able to brush your teeth, such as when you’re eating a mid-morning snack? There are a few things you can do. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help you to flush the things out of your mouth that you don’t want lingering. Additionally, you can eat healthy snacks or chew sugar-free gum. Are these options as good as brushing? No, but they’re better than doing nothing.

Brushing Your Gums Is As Important As Brushing Your Teeth

Although it’s commonly referred to as “brushing your teeth,” the truth is that you should also be brushing your gums. Oral health includes your gums, and taking care of them can mean preventing a whole host of problems that most people don’t want to deal with. Did you know that almost half of all adults in America have some form of gingivitis? It’s true, but that doesn’t mean that you’re powerless to stop it.

In fact, all it takes is brushing your gums while you’re brushing your teeth. Once again, be sure to do it gently, because overstimulation can cause your gums to bleed, and that’s something you don’t want. All you need to do is brush your gums at a 45-degree angle and get to work. We’d also advise that you make the switch to an electric toothbrush which can help you to take better care of your mouth anyway.

Your Go-To Dentist in Denver, NC

At the end of the day, it’s also incredibly important to see a dentist regularly. We know that you have some choices about which dental clinic you’ll visit in our neck of the woods, but we want you to know that when you choose Summit Family Dentistry, we’ll take great care of you. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly environment that offers a number of different services.

With cozy patient chairs, Netflix in every operatory, plush blankets, and iPads for your kids to play with, you can rest assured that our goal is to make your time here as perfect as we possibly can. Whether you need a checkup or you’re dealing with a toothache, count on us to take great care of you at every step of the way. Schedule a visit today!