Saturday, November 13, 2010

I LOVE the Dentist... the Ortho? Not so much!

"I always look for something to criticize about people... But with you I can't! You have a perfect mouth!"

This is a direct quote from my Dentist.

My work finally got dental insurance so I went to the dentist this week. It has been over 3 1/2 years since I've had a cleaning (this is a LONG time when you are used to going every 6 months for the last 20 years) and I was excited to go.

I got there, filled out my paper work, met my dental hygienist, took some x-rays, and then started the cleaning process. About half-way through my cleaning the hygienist asked me how long it had been since my last cleaning. "Um... over 3 1/2 years probably". She paused, looked at me and said, "No way! It looks like you JUST had them cleaned! What ever you're doing keep it up!"

After my cleaning, the Dentist came in to have a look. Not only did he compliment my clean teeth but he raved about how great my mouth looked. My mouth better look great! I had braces 3 times for a total of 5 years [damn orthodontist]!

So what do I do? What is my secret? I know you are dying to know. So here it is:

Every night before I go to bed I brush my teeth for 2 minutes with my Oral B electronic toothbrush (it has a self timer)

Next I floss

And finally I rinse my mouth with Listerine

The trick is to use the Listerine RIGHT after you floss, you have to hold it in as long as you can (feel the burn), and then after you spit it out DON'T rinse your mouth out and don't drink anything, just go to bed. This way the Listerine continues to work as you are sleeping.

I know some people hate the burning feeling that comes with Listerine but there are other types that don't burn as much.

I'm not a Dentist and I know very little about teeth but this is what I do and I've NEVER had a cavity and my Dentist thinks I have a perfect mouth.


And a special thanks to my parents for making me go to the dentist as a kid!


Cristina said...

those teeth are lookin good court!

Van Dusenators said...

You're better than me and I am a dentist....almost. I didn't go from before my mission until I started dental school, about 7 years. I had a mouth full of cavities but now they're all fixed and I follow the same routine as you. We even have the same toothbrush

Rachelle said...

Awesome Court! I can't believe you've never had a cavity. That's amazing and some good teeth genes! I've been looking into the Oral-B dentist said they are better than Sonicare. Which one do you use?

Courtney N said...

@Cristina - Thanks!

@Justin - I'm glad you are down with the electronic toothbrushes! It's always nice to know that I have the same toothbrush as a dentist (almost!) : )

@Rachelle- I have the Oral B Professional Care. The model I have is a little older then this one but I'm sure it's just as great: