The way you care for your teeth before and after your next dentist appointment will determine the longevity of your treatment.
Dental work can be very expensive, so pre and post-operative care of your mouth is essential.
Once you;ve scheduled your next appointment, the way you care for your teeth matters in the interim. This list of do’s and don’ts will show you how to prepare for a dental procedure:
If you’re wondering if you should brush your teeth before going to the dentist, the answer is yes. You absolutely can brush (and floss) your teeth the day of your next office visit. However, if you are planning to undergo a full teeth cleaning, any residual food particles or stains will be effectively removed whether you brush your teeth or not.
The timing of your appointment will dictate whether or not you should have anything to eat before your visit. If you are particularly anxious of undergoing dental work, then it’s recommended to keep an empty stomach to avoid becoming nauseous in the dentist chair.
As a general best practice, it’s recommended to adopt a regular oral hygiene routine which consists of proper brushing and flossing technique. Leading up to your next dentist appointment, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once either when waking in the morning or before going to sleep at night.
Following the listed steps below will ensure you properly look after your teeth before your next dentist appointment so as to avoid any pain or injury before being operated on with fine tools.
Depending on your scheduled procedure, it may be necessary to temporarily abide by certain oral care routines in the interim while you are recovering from possible numbness, pain, and swelling. However, once the side effects of your treatment subside, you should resume your normal oral hygiene routine by brushing twice daily and flossing once each day.
If you’ve been custom-fitted for a mouthguard to help you resolve the side effects of conditions such as bruxism (grinding teeth) while sleeping, make sure you brush and floss your teeth before inserting your mouthguard before bed. You may not eat or drink anything while you are wearing your mouthguard.
If you need a mouthguard to help you while you’re sleeping but can’t afford to have one custom-fitted to your mouth, visit your local big-box retailer to find a standard mouthguard. It may be uncomfortable to wear at first, but it can protect your teeth from chips and breaks if you suffer from anxiety symptoms during wakefulness or rest.
By taking good care of your mouth throughout the year in between your routine dental visits. Proper brushing and flossing techniques can save you a ton of money in the long run by preventing the need to have expensive surgery performed on receding gums or cavity-ridden teeth.
If you have started to notice the recession of your gum line as a result of inconsistent flossing or long-term exposure to harmful activities such as smoking, then it may be necessary to visit a periodontist to have a deep cleaning procedure performed to eliminate any hard-to-reach bacteria under the gumline that may be the cause of your receding gums.
Welcome to the Encinitas dental office of Gregory Skeens, JR., DDS. We are your home for caring dental treatment that supports superior oral health and helps you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Our modern facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology and our team is here to make your visit enjoyable and relaxing.
We take a truly individualized approach to dentistry, which is why our practice is so popular. After every treatment, Encinitas dentist Dr. Skeens personally makes follow- up phone calls to patients to ensure that they are feeling well. Your comfort and well-being are of ultimate importance.