Dental and oral health tips and news from Beachside Dental in Santa Barbara, California
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
New Year Oral Health Resolutions!
The start of a new year is the perfect time to focus on improving your oral health and following through with any goals you have to improve your smile. In addition to making regular trips to the dentist, here are some other "dental resolutions" that are easy to achieve and will lead to a brighter smile in 2017!
Routine Dental Visits
Routine dental visits are the easiest way to improve your health, to prevent oral diseases and to diagnose existing dental abnormalities. A "check-up" every 6 months is recommended so that your dentist can effectively monitor the condition of your oral cavity and so that they can create an appropriate treatment plan to meet your goals and needs.
"2x2" is the catchphrase that describes the ideal toothbrushing regimen, For successful bacterial plaque removal, you must brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and a recommended toothpaste. It is also important to floss at least once daily in order to remove plaque and food that accumulates between your teeth throughout the day. By committing to a good toothbrushing/flossing routine, you can prevent gingivitis (gum disease) or periodontal disease (bone loss), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).
Healthier Food/Beverage Choices
Making healthier food and beverage choices can go a long way in achieving optimum oral health. Diets high in carbohydrate or sugar intake and beverages high in acid or sugars can severely damage the protective outer layer of your teeth (enamel). Try substituting your diet with healthier options.
Quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco use is not easy, but the benefits on your oral and overall health are undeniable. There are many online sources, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation. Your dentist can provide you with more information on tobacco cessation as well as the harmful effects of tobacco use on your mouth.
If you are cavity-free and in good oral health, there is always room for improvement in the new year. Have you considered braces to straighten your teeth or correct your bite? Have you thought about teeth bleaching in order to whiten your teeth and/or to remove embarrassing stains? Why not consider getting old or defective fillings replaced with more esthetic materials. Have you considered the dental benefits of Botox or dermal fillers to refresh your face and smile?
Give us a call at Beachside Dental to schedule your first dental visit of 2017! Happy New Year!