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Your Dentist Knows the Truth About Your Oral Hygiene

Think you can fool your dentist about how often you brush and floss your teeth? Think again. Your dentist can identify issues with your teeth and gums. Years of extensive training and practical experience give your dentist the heads up about your oral health. Just by taking a look inside your mouth, your dentist will know whether or not you brush and floss regularly. They can also identify problems with your teeth much earlier than you can because they know the indicators.


White Teeth Do Not Mean Healthy Teeth


Keeping your teeth white and bright makes them look healthy but just because you have pretty looking teeth does not mean your oral health is up to par. White teeth can be the result of bleaching, dental whitening or even genetics. What really matters is what surrounds your teeth and what is underneath the gums.


The gum tissue surrounding your teeth should appear pink. If it is red, swollen or inflamed you likely have an issue. Your dentist will notice the condition of your gums and know whether or not you have been taking care of your oral health. Inflamed gums are an indicator of poor oral hygiene and this is something you cannot hide with a set of beautiful white teeth. Your gums will reveal your lack of brushing and flossing regularly.


Brushing and Flossing Before Your Dentist Appointment


You know you have a dentist's appointment and you get out your toothbrush and dental floss. After spending several minutes scrubbing with toothpaste and then flossing between all your teeth, you are all set for your visit to the dentist but why are your gums sore and bleeding? You did everything right. Not so fast. Unless you have been brushing and flossing daily, your bleeding gums will tell the truth. If you have been procrastinating about your oral health routine, your teeth and gums begin to develop plaque. If left too long, the plaque will eventually lead to a buildup of tartar and this is what makes your gums bleed. When you try to remove all the buildup in one home session of rigorously attacking your teeth the results are sore, inflamed gums and frankly a bloody mess. Don’t let this happen.


Your dentist will not be fooled by the quick fix you tried to disguise your lack of regular brushing and flossing. A little plaque on your teeth can be removed by a routine but excess tartar is something a dentist needs to remove for you. Tartar lends itself to the development of gingivitis and when ignored can lead to more serious complications with periodontal diseases.


Next time you think you are fooling your dentist into believing you keep a good schedule of daily brushing and flossing, you are wrong.  The only one you are fooling is yourself.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on November 29, 2019

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