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Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

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Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 

Family Dentistry - Mount Pleasant MI

brushingTake Care of Your Teeth and They’ll Take Care of You

It’s funny — well, not really if you’re a dentist or someone who deals with dental problems every day — but most people take better care of their cars than their teeth. They’ll follow that little lube shop sticker on their windshield to the day and the mile.

But when it comes to scheduling their regular dental checkups, they’ll put that off as long as possible.

And brushing? A cursory pass is good enough. Flossing? What’s that? The problem is, with your teeth you reap what you sow. The time you spend on basic hygiene will be time that you won’t need to spend later in a dentist’s chair for procedures involving tooth decay and gum disease.

Plus, it’s not rocket science. Here’s what we recommend at our family dentistry in Mount Pleasant when it comes to brushing and flossing.

Brushing

  • Twice daily is really enough. Three times is perfect, but that middle brushing can be tough to fit in.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Medium and hard brushes makes your gums recede.
  • Two minutes. Give each quarter of your mouth 30 seconds.
  • Start in the back and move to the front, either going by quarter or upper and lower teeth.
  • Use a circular, overlapping motion that covers all the tooth surfaces.
  • Hit everything — molar tops, inside and outside of all teeth, gumline, roof of the mouth, tongue
  • Don’t brush too hard. That can wear down your enamel.
  • Replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to bend over, every three to four months.

Flossing

  • Once a day is fine.
  • Flossing removes food particles that you miss with your toothbrush.
  • Use 18 inches wrapped between your middle or index fingers, with a two-inch span in the middle for the business.
  • Flavored floss? Hey, if cinnamon’s your thing, and it will get you to floss, have at it!
  • Ribbon, dental tape, regular floss, floss picks? They’re all great.
  • Work between every tooth, going down each side and slightly below the gumline.
  • You may get a bit of bleeding, especially if you’ve been remiss in your flossing, but that will pass with regular flossing.

There, that wasn’t so hard, was it? And don’t forget to schedule your twice-yearly cleanings with us! The combination of good hygiene and regular checkups will mean a lifetime of healthy teeth.