One way to provide oral hygiene education to your patients in between appointments is by blogging. You can share the post on your office website, create a quarterly newsletter to email out, print it out for your patients goody bag, or share it on your office's social media pages. There are many options for topics such as, sharing your favorite dental products, websites and tips.
This can be a great marketing tool as well, as patients then share the information with others through forwarding the e-mail or sharing it on social media with friends. It also helps to keep “the dentist” fresh in their mind so that they return at appropriate maintenance intervals keeping your schedule full.
Here is a sample blog article written by our guest Dr. Bao Nguyen, DDS
Habits that Destroy Your Smile
Dr. Bao Nguyen, DDS
Your smile is often the first thing someone will notice about you. I know a person’s smile really captures my attention. Keeping your smile nice and clean will make you come across as more approachable.
There are some routines that you do that can be destroying your smile and you do not even know it. Here is a list of habits commonly done that hurt your smile.
Brushing too soon after eating
Consuming acidic foods and beverages can harm your teeth due their acidic nature. They will erode your tooth enamel - the glossy outer layer of your tooth. Brushing your teeth too soon after drinking or eating something acidic does not brush out the acid, instead, it brushes it into your teeth. It is best to rinse your teeth with water after consuming something acidic and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
Excessively bleaching your teeth
Over-bleaching can cause your teeth to look unnaturally white as well as increase tooth sensitivity. Before purchasing an at-home bleaching product, talk to your dentist about which one provides the best results without damaging your teeth.
Everyone knows that brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but not everyone knows that you should floss at least once a day. Flossing gets rid of food that gets left behind in your teeth after eating. Bleeding and irritation can occur when you first start flossing but if you keep at it, it will get better.
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
A hard-bristled tooth brush along with aggressive brushing can cause irreparable damage to your gums. You want to use a soft-bristled brush coupled with circular brushing to avoid causing sensitivity to your teeth.
Not replacing your toothbrush often
Old toothbrushes do nothing for your teeth and they also harbor bacteria that can cause infection. You are advised to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Dentists also suggest replacing your toothbrush after you have had a cold.
Cutting back on at least 2 of these habits can help bring back your pearly whites. You might think that you are helping your smile with some of these habits, but now you know what not to do when it comes to your smile.
Dr. Bao Nguyen, DDS
Dr. Nguyen is a trusted dentist at Promenade Dental Care in Temecula, Ca, where he is committed to providing you with the highest quality dentistry possible on every visit, everyday. He will make sure you are given different treatment choices for your dental needs.