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Should I Brush Before Going to the Dentist?

young woman having teeth cleanedWhen it comes to dental hygiene, there are many questions people have. One question people often ask is “Should I brush my teeth before going to the dentist?” The short answer is yes, but there are a few exceptions.

Generally speaking, brushing your teeth before a dental appointment is a good idea. Not only does it help remove food particles and plaque, but it also helps freshen your breath. After all, our dentists and hygienists appreciate a clean mouth to work in!

However, there are situations where it might be best not to brush before your appointment.

Avoid Brushing If You Have a Dental Trauma

If you’re coming in due to dental trauma—like a chipped or knocked-out tooth—it may be better not to brush. That’s because brushing could potentially cause more harm to the injured area. If you’re ever unsure whether to brush before an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always here to guide you through any concerns you may have.

Brushing before your visit also helps us get a more accurate reading of your dental health. Plaque and food particles can sometimes mask underlying issues, making it harder for us to diagnose and treat them effectively. So, by brushing beforehand, you’re helping us provide the best dental care possible.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing before your visit doesn’t replace your daily oral hygiene routine. It’s important to brush at least twice a day and floss daily to maintain a healthy mouth. Regular dental visits are also crucial for early detection and prevention of oral health problems.

So, unless advised otherwise, brush those pearly whites before your next dental visit. Your mouth—and your dentist—will thank you!

Ready to book your next visit? Contact Master Dental & Denture Centre today. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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