You’re probably pretty familiar with the general routine at your dentist appointment. Here in our Sarasota dental clinic, we’re proud to offer you high-quality service that always comes with a commitment to excellence. But no matter how good your dentist is, having optimal mouth health will always come down to a partnership with you and your dentist. In our last blog post, we looked at some of the basic things that your dentist can do for you that you can’t do. But have you ever stopped to think about what you can do that your dentist can’t do?

Your dentist can’t eat for you

A healthy diet can make a huge difference in having healthy teeth. Especially if you have a history of bad teeth in your family, you should be watchful of the food and drink you consume that poses higher risk factors for your teeth. Sugary drinks and coffee are common culprits, but even common foods like bread can coat your teeth with carbohydrates that turn into sugar and threaten your tooth enamel. Closely related to the importance of your diet is the importance of not smoking. Nicotine use can accelerate gum disease and tooth loss.

Your dentist can’t brush your teeth every day

Every dentist has seen patients who brush their teeth right before their dentist appointment, but their overall oral hygiene makes it clear that they’re not in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day. Even the best dentist cannot compensate for a lack of regular preventative maintenance in your mouth, and when brushing teeth is so easy to do, it just makes sense to do it. You’ll thank yourself the older you get! Every year that passes makes your teeth slightly less resilient to the factors that they are exposed to all the time, and you want them to last for your whole lifetime if possible.

Your dentist can’t bring you to your appointment

Once you get to the dentist’s office, Dr. Colkmire can use all the resources at his disposal to help repair your teeth. Whether you need a cavity fixed, cosmetic dentistry, implants, or any other dental work, our clinic can bring you the pain relief and the beautiful-looking teeth that you want. But you have to get here first. Many people either delay or put off their visit to the dentist, sometimes for many years, but regular checkups are essential to catching issues early before they’re a big problem.

Have you evaluated your diet, your brushing habits, and your appointment frequency to make sure you’re giving your teeth the best treatment they deserve? Schedule your next visit today!