Secrets Your Dentist WANTS You To Know
At White Pine Dental, one of our FAVORITE things to do is to EDUCATE our patients.
As Dental Professionals, we are asked A LOT of questions. It's sometimes hard to remember that not everyone lives and breathes dental terms/knowledge/procedures like we do each and every day.
So we thought we'd share some INTERESTING facts
Recently, you may have noticed a video buzzing around social media. Buzzfeed asked around the dental community and shared a video with their findings. We couldn't help but agree.
QUIT TELLING US HOW MUCH YOU HATE US.
Part of our job is to alleviate PAIN, FEAR, AND CONCERNS. Starting an appointment with an insult is a real downer. Also, the pain is usually caused by you not taking care of your teeth.
FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR GUMS, PLEASE FLOSS REGULARLY.
Flossing disturbs the bacteria in your teeth. If you don't floss, it begins to adhere to the surface. Then the bacteria cause damage, including bad breath, swollen gums, bone loss and even TOOTH LOSS!
DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME FOR A NEW TOOTHBRUSH??
We recommend every 3 months, or sooner if you've been sick. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and waiting for your 6-month check up to replace them, is really TOO long!
BRUSH YOUR TEETH BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Show some compassion for the people looking into your mouth. Believe it or not, we don't enjoy picking food out of your teeth. So please don't eat right before your dental appointment.
SWALLOW YOUR SPIT DURING YOUR CLEANING
Your saliva doesn't become toxic during your cleaning. So do us a favor, and swallow your own spit.
X-RAYS ARE IMPORTANT AND WILL NOT KILL YOU
We know people can be scared of radiation. But did you know, a full set of dental X-Rays is comparable to a 30-minute flight?? To see is to know... Not to see is to guess... And we won't guess about your health.
FLUORIDE WON'T KILL YOU EITHER
Our dentists and hygienists will NEVER recommend anything that causes you any harm. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and is a wonderful benefit to most of our patients.
GET YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
Wisdom Teeth cause more problems the older we get. It's easier on us (and YOU) to get them taken out when you're young and the roots aren't completely formed.
A LOT OF THINGS ARE SURPRISINGLY BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
We all know soda is bad on your teeth, but energy drinks, sports drinks, and even sugary fruit juices (like apple juice) can be just as bad!
TEACH KIDS HOW TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THEIR TEETH
Most kids have a hard time brushing all the surfaces of their teeth. Many parents blame their children for not brushing properly, but it's not really their fault! They simply do possess the dexterity or coordination to brush and floss their teeth correctly. It's VERY important to teach them proper tooth care early on. Help them brush and floss twice per day, and bring them to the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups at least twice per year!
WE SEE A LOT OF INTERESTING THINGS
Trust us! If you're afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed to come to the dentist. We can almost guarantee we have seen worse.
BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY
There are some crazy things that can harm you due to lack of information. Save yourself the stress, money, pain, and time!
It's so very important to take care of your teeth and we're here to help you with the HOW & WHY. Our team never stops learning and we LOVE sharing our knowledge with you! Each of our doctors & hygienists completes numerous hours of continuing education based on emerging research each year. Our treatment coordinators, dental assistants, and team leaders fly all over the country to attend specialized training catered to YOU! Our entire team has completed 10+ on-site pieces of training right here in our office, to ensure every aspect White Pine Dental is in tip-top shape. We know things are always changing & we're committed to being the best dentist in Utah for all of your dental needs.
No one is immune to dental problems. We're here to help you keep them away!