Habits That Aren’t Helping Your Smile

You may not realize that some of the habits you have developed in terms of your dental care are not benefiting you in any way. Yes, you set forth to begin making changes in your smile efforts with the best of intentions because in the end, you just really want a healthy, beautiful smile! However, sometimes even the best laid plans backfire a little bit and you need a reminder from our Ankeny, IA practice in terms of your solid approach to upkeep, maintenance, and improvements. Begin becoming familiar with some habits you might want to shake.

Brushing Far Too Much

As you have been learning over the years, the surefire way to prevent problems like cavities (and more) is to keep your smile clean! While most will be happy with the brush-twice-daily and floss-once-daily suggestion (in addition to visits to see us, of course), you may take it to an extreme. We appreciate your diligence with your dental care, of course, however, keep in mind that too much brushing, especially if it’s aggressive, can wreak havoc! If you brush between meals, be gentle and remember that brushing morning and night is really all it takes.

Whitening With Store-Bought Products

Whitening with a DIY (do it yourself) treatment just once can yield damage. However, it probably won’t lead to the bright, amazingly vibrant grin you really want. The result? You may find that whitening becomes a habit, as you attempt to attain or maintain the glowing grin you’re envisioning. Unfortunately, this can really result in problems. Instead, visit us for safe and extremely effective whitening!

Cleaning Your Smile With More Than Your Toothbrush/Floss

You know that removing as much plaque as possible through your daily dental care is ideal. You are aware that your brushing and flossing, in addition to getting rid of bacteria, will also remove debris from the food you consume throughout the day. While it may seem logical to you to reach for an object like a dental pick or otherwise to try to complete an exceptionally detailed cleanse of your smile, this is actually quite counterproductive. You could end up hurting yourself, damaging your teeth, or injuring your gum tissue. Believe us when we say that brushing and flossing at home combined with twice-yearly cleanings and checkups will do the trick!

Kick Aside Bad Habits And Start Good Ones

When you realize you may be engaging in certain habits that seem like they’re good for your smile but may actually be causing harm, you might not know how to get back on track. As always, we can help! Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.