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5 Tips From Your Dentist.

We want to challenge some widely believed myths, as well as address concerns that some people have had with these 5 tips from your dentist!


1. Healthy teeth are better than “perfect” teeth.

Healthy is just as good if not better then beautiful. Perfect teeth are not only hard to achieve, and it is a rather subjective term since it changes for every person. We would much rather have our patients feel great about their teeth and have a healthy smile that will last them a lifetime. Our job as dentists is to help you understand your oral health and what needs to be done to fix any issues there may be.


2. The most important dental work done to your mouth is performed at home.

We love seeing our patients, but we would like to only have to see them once every 6 months. This means that they are taking care of their teeth properly. We love saying “Looks great, we will see you in 6 months”. The best tip any dentist can give is to have a good dental hygiene routine that you practice daily. This should include brushing at least twice per day and flossing once per day. Dental tooth decay is one of the most common and yet preventable diseases in the world. There are factors that lead to cavities outside of brushing, but in most cases, cavities and decay can be prevented if you take proper care of your teeth.


3. Gum poking is a good thing!

I know this probably seems unbelievable, but we poke your gums for a reason. It may get annoying when we ask if you floss and poke your gum line. But we do this because we want to do the best we can for you. Nearly half of all adults have gum disease by the time they reach the age of 30. While there are treatments for gum disease, it is much better to prevent it. There are also many dental treatments that require healthy gums in order to perform them. These include Invisalign, dental implants, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, etc. While it may be uncomfortable, we do this only so you can have healthier teeth!


4. Aligned teeth are more important than perfectly straight teeth.

While this may seem similar to the point we made earlier, it is slightly different. Basically what we mean is that perfectly straight looking teeth don’t always mean that your teeth are properly aligned. We want you to have teeth that are properly aligned first and foremost. If your teeth are not aligned then this can cause significant issues.


5. Don’t over whiten your teeth.

We understand that bright white teeth are beautiful and seem attractive, and in many cases, we would agree. Many people will use in-home teeth whitening to feel more confident about their smiles. However, we would suggest caution with in-home products since they can actually do harm if you use them too often. If you would like to whiten your teeth and don’t want to run the risk of damaging your teeth, then schedule an appointment with East Center Dental to discuss Zoom Whitening.


We hope these facts either reinforced your preconceptions or challenged some myths that you might have believed that just aren’t true. Your oral health is important to all of here at East center Dental.