The new year is here, and if you’re like most people, you may be thinking about really concentrating on yourself in 2019. Maybe you want to lose some weight… kick a bad habit… or improve your health and appearance. Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® we are encouraging all of our patients to make 2019 the year they improve their dental health and their smiles.
Because your teeth can affect the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. They can increase your confidence and help you exude a warm and inviting smile to people you meet.
Here are a few of the various ways from flossing to dental implants that you can work to improve your dental health in 2019.
Feel Good About Flossing Regularly
Both brushing and flossing your teeth is important. Unfortunately most people don’t floss their teeth as often as they should. Flossing helps to remove food particles and build up that can get stuck between teeth and along your gum line. Your tooth brush may not be able to reach these areas. As such, it is important to floss to remove them, helping to prevent cavities. It is recommended that you floss each and every time that you brush your teeth, or at least once a day.
Fend Off Cavities With Water or Sugar-Free Gum
Another way that you can improve your dental health is to fight off cavities with water or sugar-free gum. In a perfect world, you would be able to brush your teeth after you consume a beverage, munch on a snack or eat a meal. Unfortunately, this simply is not reality. If you have consumed food or drink and cannot brush your teeth, swish some water around in your mouth for a few seconds and/or chew a stick of sugar-free gum. Both of these methods help to prevent food from staining your teeth and help to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps to fight germs and bacteria in your mouth, decreasing your odds of getting a cavity.
Visit the Dentist At Least Twice Per Year
When it comes to improving your health, it is important to schedule dental visits at least two times per year. Depending on your current health, it may be recommended that you have a check-up three times per year. Visiting us twice a year gives us the ability to examine your teeth, perform x-rays on them, find cavities before they become large and troublesome and clean your teeth professionally. If you have not visited a dentist in the past six months, you are overdue for a visit. Call us today to make an appointment and start the new year off right.
Consider Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can be problematic. The gap allows your other teeth to shift and can affect the structure of your face and cheeks. If you have multiple missing teeth, your cheeks can become sunken in, making you look older than you really are. Pockets where your teeth should be housed are also more prone to infection and bacteria build-up, which can affect your gums and the teeth nearby. Lastly, you can be self-conscious if you are missing a tooth. Fortunately, there is a way to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant can be placed where your missing tooth is. Dental implants replicate the look and feel of a natural tooth, making it look as though you never lost a tooth to begin with.
Keep an Eye Out For Bleeding Gums
The last tip for improving your dental health in 2019 is to be mindful of bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding, you may be suffering from gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. If gum disease is allowed to progress, your gums can become inflamed, red and bleed even more. Even worse, they can start to recede. This affects their ability to hold your teeth firmly in place, and eventually, may lead to your teeth falling out. If your gums bleed when you are brushing, be sure to talk to your dentist about it.
Are you looking to improve your dental health in 2019? Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We’ll help you look and feel your best this year!
About THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental reconstruction and TMJ/Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®.