You may think to yourself, “I know, I know, of course it’s important to be gentle to protect my smile health!” However, if you’re not actually well versed in what this means in real life, then you may not be applying some essential methods of protection. The result? You may be unintentionally damaging and irritating your teeth, your gums, and even your jaw joints and surrounding tissues! Let’s run through three of the top offenders for patients’ oral health that are extremely important and often surprisingly easy to overlook.
#1: When You Chew
If you tend to take huge bites, you like to eat super hard or crunchy foods, you think it’s your smile’s job to break apart food, etc., then you’re not doing a stellar job at protecting your teeth or your TMJs (your jaw joints). Did you know that when you ask your mouth to perform forceful chewing, rather than expecting only gentle chewing, you may be causing strain and damage? Avoid issues like TMJ disorder and injury by selecting softer foods or being more thorough with your fork and knife.
#2: When You Brush
You may forget that brushing gently is extremely important. You may also accidentally grab a brush with “hard” bristles, so even with gentle care, you’re accidentally damaging your smile health. Make sure the bristles are soft and your method is too!
#3: When You Floss
“But I floss gently!” you may say. Are you sure? Make sure you’re not going too quickly. Ensure you’re gently and slowly slipping floss between teeth, as well, rather than snapping it into place. These details can make for protected smile health!
Protect Smile Health With Our Gentleness Tips
Seek our tips regarding the way you approach protecting your smile, so you can ensure you’re being gentle and providing it with the protection it needs. 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.