Caring For Your Smile After Dental Procedures
If your smile has been bothering you for a few months because your teeth are crooked or you finally want to have a lost tooth replaced, then there’s no time like the present to schedule your dental appointment and enhance your smile. However, what needs to be taken into consideration is how your current oral health routine may have caused your initial problems, and the alterations you may need to consider making after your treatment has concluded. As an experienced dentist in Philadelphia, Barry Dubin D.D.S. of JFK Dental Care often stresses to his patients the importance of keeping their mouths healthy after their procedures.
After Your Treatment
For the past few hours you have been injected with needles, poked, and prodded, and although you may have felt very little discomfort throughout the procedure, you are bound to be a little sore in the upcoming hours and maybe even days. In fact, after a dental procedure that extends beyond a routine cleaning, the thought of brushing, and particularly flossing, can seem a bit unnerving. And if you’ve ever had a sore tooth before, you know how annoying the pain can be.
While your dentist certainly understands your discomfort, you shouldn’t avoid cleaning your mouth altogether for the next few days, especially since after surgery, your mouth may be more susceptible to bacteria growth and gum disease. What may need to happen instead is to alter your routine for a few days. And, depending on the type of treatment you have received, you may need to change your oral health routine from this day forward.
Changing Your Normal Routine
This really depends on what you considered “normal” before, says Dr. Dubin. If prior to your treatment you only brushed your teeth once a day and flossed sporadically, then certainly you will need to alter your routine. In fact, your dentist will probably advice you to change your routine regardless of whether you’re scheduled for any type of surgery or procedure.
According to Dr. Dubin, it is important to make sure that you are cleaning your teeth at least twice a day. This will fend off gum disease before it has the opportunity to advance and thus cause you to lose more teeth down the line. Other than that, he says, you may need to be taught to floss differently; this is especially important if you recently had a bridge placed in your mouth. While it is crucial that you clean your natural teeth that anchor the bridge, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t accidentally cause the bridge itself to come off. After your treatment, your dentist or a member of the staff should walk you through the new way of flossing and even perform a flossing for you so that you know how it feels.
Following treatment, Dr. Dubin says, you should continue with your regular routine and schedule your dental appointments every six months as you normally would. Unless you have gum disease that requires more aggressive treatment and cleanings, twice a year is still an appropriate number of visits to your dentist even after you have surgery.
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