Data suggests that approximately 60% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, a mere 8% of these goals are achieved. Many relate to improving overall health and wellbeing. Many people seek to lose weight, exercise regularly, quit smoking, etc. How about committing to improving your oral health?
A Commitment to Your Smile
Improving your oral health this year involves a pledge to establish new habits. It also may involve some potential changes to eliminate bad habits. We will provide you with an outline of the best practices.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
If you have not seen a dentist recently, it is critical to get an appointment scheduled. To improve your overall oral health, you need to have an examination to assess your current status. Many underlying conditions do not have symptoms, particularly in the early stages.
You may need restorative care such as having a cavity filled. Perhaps your teeth are not properly aligned? Your dentist may assess these problems and develop a treatment plan or refer you to a specialist.
Importance of Regular Dental Visits
The majority of dentists recommend that people have a dental cleaning and examination every six months. Adhering to this schedule is very beneficial. You will have the area of your teeth and gums professionally cleaned. During the examination, the dentist may notice that a problem is developing.
When oral health concerns are detected early on, problems can be addressed before they worsen. Far too many people know that something is wrong and still choose to postpone a dental visit. Months or years later, smaller dental concerns often become large concerns that may be painful, costly, and time-consuming.
Brushing and Flossing
Brush and floss every day to maintain your overall oral care. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily. When it is possible, you are encouraged to brush your teeth following every meal. Brushing is the best way to prevent harmful plaque buildup that increases the risk of tooth decay and maintains dental health.
The brush should be positioned at a 45-degree angle as the bristles move across the surface of the teeth and gums. You should replace your toothbrush every three months for best results.
Using dental floss is important for cleaning between the teeth and preventing gum disease. Those who just begin flossing regularly may initially experience some mild discomfort and some bleeding from the gums. This is not unusual but maybe an indication that you may need to floss more gently.
Brushing and flossing each day limits harmful bacteria and bad breath. You may also want to consider a fluoride mouth rinse that may help strengthen tooth enamel. Many types of mouthwash also specifically seek to eliminate bacteria throughout the mouth.
Improving Food and Beverage Choices
What you eat and drink can have a large impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Avoid sugary and starchy foods that tend to promote tooth decay. Drink more water and limit the consumption of sodas. Water helps to cleanse the mouth and reduce the levels of acids and other harmful agents.
Stop Tobacco Usage
Those who use tobacco products place themselves at greater risk for problems such as oral cancer and heart disease. Tobacco products often stain the teeth. Consider smoking cessation products or support groups to help with quitting.
Getting a Whiter Smile
Check with your dentist for tips on whitening the appearance of your teeth. Various professional whitening treatments can be performed during your dental visit. They may also suggest some products that can safely help to reduce stains and discoloration that you can do at home.
Local Provider of Comprehensive Dental Care for the Whole Family
Are you looking to improve your oral health? At East Valley Dental Professionals in Mesa, we have been providing high-quality dental care for many years. We maintain a comfortable and welcoming environment and accept many of the leading dental insurance plans. Give our friendly staff a call today to schedule an appointment at (480) 838-3033.