Why patients in Norwich should brush before a dental appointment

It can be difficult fitting in routine dental appointments. With many of us in a hurry to leave the office and fighting the traffic to get to the dentist on time, we can often forget to brush our teeth beforehand.

Here are some tips on why patients in Norwich should brush their teeth before a dental appointment:

Brush away the debris

When your dentist is performing a routine check-up they don’t want to see sticky plaque stuck to your teeth as this can make it difficult for them to assess the teeth and gums properly.  Leftover food debris can visually block interproximal (in between the teeth) areas where cavities tend to form frequently.

Save Time

If you want to spend less time in the dental chair, then it’s important to brush.  For those of you receiving treatments such as fillings, your teeth need to be dry and bacteria must be removed before any work is done.  If you have an appointment with your hygienist, you might not feel the need to brush your teeth as you might be thinking that this should be the hygienist’s job.  Yes, the hygienist will remove tartar build-up in places that patients are unable to reach when brushing and flossing however, it will take them longer to get to those areas if they are spending ages removing food stuck on and in-between the surfaces of your teeth.

Your dentist can tell how you brush and floss

Did you know that your dentist can tell how effectively you are brushing and flossing your teeth? Some patients have trouble cleaning certain areas of the teeth, while others fail to brush below the gum line.  If you are one of those people, don’t worry you won’t get a ticking off.  Your dentist  can give you advice and tips on brushing, flossing, choosing a toothpaste, a toothbrush, mouthwash and even tips on sugar free diets.

Having clean teeth and fresh breath creates a good oral health impression

Cleaning your teeth before visiting your dentist creates a good oral health impression and fresh breath and clean teeth are much more refreshing to both the dentist and the patient.  When patients walk in with dirty teeth this gives the impression that the patient hasn’t been taking proper care of their teeth. .

Have you booked your first check-up of 2015 yet?  Call Corner House Dental today to make an appointment on 01603 621613