Brushing & Flossing
Most people know they should brush twice a day and floss daily. But, many can become distracted from performing these essential dental health practices. The New Year can be a great way to remind ourselves to uphold these oral health practices and stick to a regiment of brushing and flossing daily.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, when the bristles become frayed, and after you get your teeth professionally cleaned. Germs, fungus, and bacteria can hide inside the bristle and cause infections that may lead to rapid tooth decay.
What you eat and drink on a daily basis can play a huge role in the health of your teeth. Food and beverages with high sugar or acid content can quickly lead to the discoloration and decay of your tooth enamel. Drinking water after eating or drinking these kinds of foods can greatly diminish the effects of food and drinks such as coffee and deserts by washing away sugars and acids leftover by these foods. Eating fibrous foods can also and dairy products such as cheese will also keep your teeth clean and strong.
Regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings will help prevent and catch early signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and the eventual loss of your teeth. If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, don’t worry, you’re better late than never to start on the road to oral health.
Most dentists will suggest getting a check-up every six months, but depending on your own personal dental health situation the dentist might ask to see you more often than that. The staff will usually schedule your next visit before you leave.
There are many treatments available to you for improving your smile such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. You can ask our dentist for recommendations that he may have such as over the counter teeth whitening kits.
Make this New Years resolution to achieve complete oral health in the next year! Our friendly and informative staff is waiting for you to call and schedule your next appointment. Call today at (915) 263-8333, or schedule an appointment on our Contact Us page. We can’t wait to see your new smile!