We’ve officially said goodbye to 2017! What big plans and resolutions have you made so far? We hope you will consider making positive changes to your oral health. With a few minor changes to your daily routine, you can help your smile stay bright and healthy throughout 2018.
Boosting Oral Health in 2018
- Brush Properly: You should be cleaning your tooth, twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Each time should take about two minutes, allowing plenty of time to properly clean the surfaces of your teeth. We suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush, as this can clean your smile without damaging your enamel should you brush your teeth too rough.
- Floss Daily: Flossing gets in between your teeth, removing the food particles that a toothbrush alone cannot. You should floss your teeth every night before bed to enjoy optimal oral health.
- Have Teeth Cleaned and Examined: About once every six months you should have your teeth examined and cleaned. During the exam, we look at your jaw joints, teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of developing problems, which can then allow us to treat them before they progress and threaten your oral health. We will also clean your teeth, removing plaque buildup from your teeth to prevent the onset of decay, gingivitis, and gum disease (while also freshening your breath and brightening your smile).
- Eat Healthier Foods: Try to cut back on foods and snacks high in sugar and other starches. Instead, add more fruit, veggies, dairy products (such as cheese and low-fat yogurt), and nuts.
- Drink More Water: Try to cut back on soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweet tea, and fruit juice. Instead, drink more water, which helps you stay hydrated, protects your smile from decay and periodontal issues, and helps cleanse your mouth.
Do You Want a Healthier Smile?
At Mai Dentistry, we’re ready to help our patients obtain a healthier smile for years to come! To learn more about our practice, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.