Ask the Dentist: How Can I Go Less?

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | River Street Dental |

Question: “I hate going to the dentist. How can I go less?” 

The US Department of Health estimates that 164 million hours of work are lost each year in the United States due to dental pain and problems. When it comes to dentistry, prevention truly is the best medicine. Cavity disease and gum disease are preventable. Don’t stop reading…… we are here to give you a few EASY tips to prevent dental disease. 

Follow the Rule of 2’s

  • Brush at least 2x/day 
  • Brush for at least 2 minutes
  • Visit your Dental Home 2x/year

Is it really that simple? Yes! Focusing on the Rule of 2’s will significantly prevent pain, problems and be less costly for you in the long run. 

Nicole and Jamie, the hygienists at River Street Dental say – STOP THE PRESSES – Don’t forget the flossing! 

Yes, flossing is important, however, at River Street Dental we believe in building on a habit you already have – brushing and moving on from there. A habit, in general, takes at least 28 days to form. Yes, 28 days of doing the same thing. Here are a few free apps that can assist. Download one today to assist you in your brushing habit formation:

  • Habster – Habit Tracker & Daily Reminders 
  • Brush Teeth – Toothbrush Time & Dental Brushing!

Our team also recommends Electric Toothbrushes. Check out the Oral-B Genius Toothbrush that comes with a brushing app that also detects where you are brushing and coaches you throughout your 2-minute brushing.

Do you have a question for Dr. Carroll that you would like included in an upcoming “Ask the Dentist”? Please email it to or call us at 715-635-8282. 

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