Often, the problems that develop in our teeth and gums are the results of our actions, or sometimes, lack of action. With the New Year just days away, what can you do differently in 2017 to ensure a healthier smile? There are plenty of steps one can take to improve oral health and avoid common oral health concerns, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Tips for Healthier Smiles in 2017
- Make time for preventive visits: You should see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. You can schedule one for 2017 and then follow up in the summer and winter. The checkup portion allows us to identify potential problem areas and recommend timely treatment. The cleaning allows our team to remove plaque and tartar, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease forming.
- Brush and floss daily: Each day you should start by brushing your teeth first thing. At the end of the day, you should brush your teeth again and floss as well. Doing so removes food particles, combats bad breath, and helps protect your smile from the onset of cavities or gingivitis.
- Don’t ignore possible warning signs: If you notice a persistent toothache or tooth sensitivity, or changes to your gums (such as swelling, redness, soreness, or bleeding) talk to your dentist right away. These are often indicators of serious problems and shouldn’t be ignored. Treatment can help prevent a minor issue form progressing into something more serious.
- Stop bad habits: You should stop smoking and using tobacco products, which can worsen gum disease and increase the risk of oral cancer. You should also cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which can promote tooth decay.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.