We get it. Life happens and just keeps happening. First, you miss your six-month appointment and the next thing you know, it has been a year or more since you had your checkup. Sometimes dental appointments just slip to the back burner like any other issue that isn’t currently presenting a problem. However, that gradual slippage is what ultimately leads to the most serious dental health problems. The good news is that it is a time of renewal. In fact, a good cleaning may be just what your teeth need. Even if you are struggling to find a dentist in Tampa that fits in with your schedule, the folks here at the office of Larry Saylor, DMD know that there are still steps that you can take to improve your dental routine.
Say Goodbye to Some Old Friends
How often do you replace your toothbrushes? Probably not as often as you should. The truth is that toothbrushes can lose their ability to properly clean your teeth long before they actually start to look shabby. It is a great habit in a dental routine to change them every three months, even if they don’t necessarily look worn out. Your toothbrush needs to be able to reach into small crevices and work its way under the gum line. In fact, if the bristles don’t feel a little uncomfortable when you are brushing, they are probably too worn down to be doing any good when you brush. You should also be prepared to throw out your old brush if you have suffered from any colds or flu. Some viruses can bide their time deep in the bristles only to reinfect you just when you are getting over the bug.
Stock Up On New Products
Keeping a fresh supply of dental hygiene products is crucial in a preventative dental routine, especially in the case of those products that are fungible. Dental floss is a good one to purchase replacements for because it can be difficult to determine when you are going to run out before you finally pull out that last length of floss. You should also be mindful of expiration dates on mouthwash and toothpaste, as these products do not have an indefinite shelf life.
Finally, no matter how long it has been since your last appointment, make a new appointment with our dental health provider as soon as possible so that problems don’t creep up on you. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Larry Saylor, DMD for an appointment at your earliest convenience. Contact us today to set up your appointment at our office in Brandon, FL.