In the year ahead, and for many years to follow, you deserve to have a healthy smile. To maintain your oral health, you need to do a few things:
- Brush daily
- Floss daily
- Visit the dentist a few times each year
With the way 2020 went, we understand that you may not have been able to make an appointment. Let’s get back on track in 2021.
Good Habits Make Good Oral Health
As we noted above, mouths don’t just stay healthy on their own. You need to develop a good routine to keep your teeth intact and looking their best. Let us go into a little more detail on the steps we mentioned above. These are the steps recommended by the American Dental Association.
Each day, you should brush your teeth twice daily. The ADA suggests using a soft-bristled toothbrush for this job. You want to use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to clean your teeth for two minutes each time, which gives you time to clean your teeth from all sides.
Brushing is important, but it’s not the best way to clean between your teeth and your gums. This is why the ADA recommends flossing daily as well. Dental floss can effectively reach those places to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup. If you can’t or won’t use dental floss, consider alternatives such as flossers or water flossers instead.
Making those part of your daily oral care routine reduces your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Nevertheless, most people will find themselves dealing with tooth decay or gum infections at one time or another. This is why regular checkups are so important.
Our dental professionals perform thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We also complete close inspections of your mouth to find signs of problems. We want to help you avoid them or at the very least to catch them early when they can be treated easily and effectively.
Protect Your Smile
To keep your smile looking its best, preventive care should be plan A. When things take a turn, however, you should trust your mouth to a general dental team that can get it back in shape.
At our practice, we offer a number of restorative services that can help you reclaim your oral health.
The faster you act to address a problem, the simpler your solution will be. Treating a cavity with a filling is effective in most cases. If the cavity is large or the infection spreads, you may need a dental crown or a root canal to repair your teeth. This also could lead to tooth loss, which may require a bridge, dentures, or dental implants depending on how many of your teeth need to be replaced.