Did you ever think that brushing and flossing before a dental appointment reduces or hides any dental problems? Are you guilty of doing this yourself? Watch as Dr. Heim addresses this dental myth.
Myth: “My friends told me that brushing and flossing a lot before a dental appointment significantly reduces or hides any dental problems I may have. Is this true?” -Charlie from DeForest
Dr. Lindsey Heim: “As much as brushing and flossing is good for overall dental health, you can’t significantly reduce or eliminate dental problems by doing a bunch of cleaning right before a dental appointment. Plus, we can usually tell if you go in there and do a bunch of cleaning right before your appointment.”
“Once gum disease, cavities or other dental issues start, they often require treatment beyond what can be done at home. So, taking care of your teeth at home is sort of like exercise in the sense that the benefits come from consistency over time versus what is done on one single day or individual week.”
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