Though the world sometimes makes them out to be monsters with medical tools, dentists want to ensure people maintain proper dental health. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong. A visit to the dentist on a regular basis is key to maintaining good oral health and disease prevention. Dentists also create treatment plans to maintain or restore patients' oral health, plus perform procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
In fact, a few useful hints from dentists might keep you from experiencing one of those dental horror stories - you know, the ones that keep you away from dentist chairs in the first place. Since you only received one semester of health back in high school, which probably only briefly touched upon dental hygiene, it may do some good to read up on these dentist tips and tricks.
These dentists took to Reddit to drop some dental knowledge, including the proper ways to brush, which whitening techniques work, and even the best way to floss. If you follow these helpful dentist tips, you will hopefully avoid some of the nightmares dentists deal with when working on patients.
From Redditor /u/maksidaa:
Acetone breath - diabetes. The smell is from ketoacidosis of the blood due to the body not having sugar in its cells, and thus burning through a serious amount of fatty acids to stay alive. The by-product is a bunch of ketone bodies being released into the blood.
From Redditor /u/90TTZ:
Come in regularly, and when you first suspect something may be wrong. It not only makes it easier for us, but for you too. Do what you're supposed to at home, especially before bedtime. Also, don't eat in the waiting room.
From Redditor /u/VeterisScotian:
The issue is that whitening and having healthy teeth aren't the same thing. Your tooth enamel isn't naturally brilliant white, it's an off-white color - and fluoride forms a strong compound which is actually yellow in color.
So if you want healthy, strong teeth, then you want a fluoride varnish applied by a dental professional. It will make your teeth yellowish.
If you want white teeth, then you want your teeth bleached (again, by a dental professional).
Once you have white teeth, however, the trick is to stop your teeth from being stained. For that, chew xylitol chewing gum after you eat/drink anything. This stops bacteria from producing plaque in the first place.
From Redditor /u/fattyre:
We don't use Novocaine. In fact, Novocaine has not been available for dental purposes in the US in about 15 years. I'm a dentist and people ask about Novocaine all the time. I think it's weird. It's a bit like going in for surgery and asking the anesthesiologist about ether.
So what do we use? Various other anesthetics that work better. Most commonly Lidocaine 2% and Articaine 4%.