Friend Or Foe: When A Smile Care Topic Gets Complicated! 

When you’re thinking about using a particular type of dental care item for your smile or you’re on the verge of making a change, you may wonder: Are you making a beneficial choice for yourself or a bad one? While there are many instances in which you will know immediately, there are others during which you find yourself feeling shockingly uncertain. Is the product you’re about to select going to prove to be a friend … or a foe … to your oral health? While our Pella, IA team will always be happy to talk specifics during a visit with you, let’s begin with a quick exploration of common areas of confusion!

Mouth Wash

It seems like mouth wash is a perfectly wonderful extension of your dental hygiene routine. After all, if you’re selecting something for yourself that offers even more oral health protection, then why not snap it up and begin using it immediately? The answer here lies in the reason you’re using it. We remind you that if you’re using a rinse as additional protection for your smile, then you’re likely doing things just right. However, if you’re relying on this product to fix an existing problem, from gingivitis to bad breath, then it’s not going to help you. In such a case, it’s time to come in to see us!

Teeth Whitening

This one always causes a significant amount of confusion. There’s the teeth whitening you can receive from our team. There are countless products out in the world. How to know what to do, so you’re attaining a whiter grin but without harming your oral health, you wonder? Fortunately, it’s simple: Remember that when you whiten with our team, it’s perfectly safe. When you choose any other option, it’s not. Easy.

Dental Picks

Toothpicks can be very helpful after a meal. Dental floss is the ultimate champion of cleaning between teeth. So, who wouldn’t want to buy a bag of dental picks (toothpick on one end with a bit of floss stretched across the other end)? While these are wonderful to have with you when you’re out and about or need a quick fix when food is stuck between teeth, remember that they are not meant for daily use or replacement of your flossing. You need to be careful with toothpicks (they’re so sharp) and must use more than just one tiny bit of floss for your entire smile.

Make Smile Care An Absolute Breeze

Remember to come in to see our team when you have questions or are uncertain about any aspect of the care you are providing for your smile. Allow us to help you make choices for an easy experience. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.