We’re sad to admit that most people don’t like going to the dentist, but proud to say you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who does not love that “dentist-smooth” feeling of bright, clean teeth and a fresh mouth after the visit is over.
So often, our patients ask, “How can I get this smooth, shiny feeling at home in between visits? What is your secret?” Well, the truth of the matter is you can never get that dentist-smooth feeling at home because only your dentist has both the equipment and the skills to polish your teeth to that degree.
Are Wooly Teeth My Destiny?
If you have ever woken up in the morning and had the disconcerting feeling that your teeth were wearing wooly mittens (yes, we just cringed, too), then don’t be alarmed. You’re not alone; your teeth haven’t put on winter clothes, and you can deal with this fuzzy-tooth syndrome simply by brushing. But why are your pearly whites fuzzed up in the morning even when you brushed the night before? Well, because you didn’t brush your teeth in your sleep. And that’s okay!
While you are asleep, your mouth is producing less saliva than it does during the day, which prevents your body from naturally “washing” your teeth like it does during the day. Those nasty little bacteria immediately sense an opportunity and do what they do best: multiply. Because they want to protect themselves from being dislodged when the tooth baths start up again, they create a sticky coating around themselves and their growing bacteria “families.” That sticky coating causes plaque to build up literally overnight on your teeth! Gross. But perfectly normal. And you can usually get rid of that fuzz by brushing.
Staying “Dentist-Smooth” as Long as Possible
“Okay, Dr. Pat. I’m brushing daily. I get that I have to accept fuzzy teeth in the morning as part of my natural biological processes. But I want that dentist-smooth feeling! How can I get it at home?”
Well, the truth is you can’t — totally. But here are some things you can do that can help you get a great, smooth feeling on your teeth and long-lasting oral health:
- Brush after every meal
- Drink water to help rinse your teeth while eating and throughout the day
- Minimize your consumption of sugary, sticky, and starchy foods
- Replace your toothbrush regularly
- Finish meals with something crunchy, like a carrot
But only your dentist will be able to achieve that all-over pearly sheen because only your dentist can brush your teeth from nearly every angle, view your teeth from nearly every angle, and leverage a vast array of specialized equipment along with the expertise to use it. So, if you haven’t been in for a visit to the very best dentist in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it could be time! Your dentist-smooth feeling awaits.
Learn more about how Dr. Pat Crawford’s dental practice in Kenosha, Wisconsin, can help you get that dentist-smooth feeling at PatCrawfordDDS.com.