2 Big Smile No-No’s (And Alternatives)

We appreciate that you are interested enough in your smile and its care to consider doing a little DIY (do-it-yourself) dental care at home beyond the suggested dental hygiene. However, that appreciation does not mean we encourage you to do this. Instead, we very much advise you against taking anything other than brushing and flossing into your own hands when it comes to your oral health. Take time to think about a couple big smile no-no’s, think about how they apply on a larger scale, and then realize that the alternative always guides you down the same path: Right to our practice!

#1: Whitening With Lemons

You may hear that you can easily brighten up your smile with the use of lemons. This should never happen. We will not insist that lemons won’t offer any brightening at all. We will insist, however, that is will definitely contribute to oral health damage. Acids (like those found in lemons) begin eroding the outer layer of your teeth, which can lead to all sorts of problems (including exposed dentin, which can look very yellow). Your alternative: Avoid lemons! See us for teeth whitening, bonding, or veneers instead.

#2: Using Your Own Instruments

Find something that looks a bit like the instruments we use during your dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth? Figure you might as well get a head start on your smile care, so you decide to clean your smile on your own? This is never a good idea. Something that is “like” a dental instrument used by someone who is not a dental professional is likely to end with damage. Instead, follow our suggestion: Practice the oral health care we suggest at home and see us for cleanings every six months.

Avoid Dangers And Instead See Us For Smile Needs

The moment you think you have found a way to treat your smile at home is the moment it is time to see us for a visit. Choosing professional care is always the way to go to protect your oral health. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.