By ensuring you have a healthy mouth, you can eat and speak with full function, and prevent oral diseases from infecting your body. For your New Year’s resolutions this year, include a few of the tips below to keep your smile brilliant and fresh.
Follow The 2 By 2 Rule
The 2 By 2 rule was penned by the American Dental Association, and stands for brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Any more frequent brushing could potentially scrape the enamel, while anything less is robbing you of the chance to clear away bacteria and leftover food particles.
Ease Up On The Alcohol
Alcohol can be fun in moderation, and studies show that a glass of red wine can be healthy for your heart. But consuming an abundance of alcohol is not only a risk to your digestive health, but also your oral health. Some alcoholic drinks have high levels of acidity that can lay waste to your enamel, without proper dental care. In addition, alcohol naturally dries out your mouth, making it more difficult to produce saliva and putting you at risk for bacterial infections.
Look For Xylitol
It’s normal to snack throughout the day, but it wouldn’t make sense to brush after every morsel you eat. Instead, reach for some sugar-free gum or lozenges that contain Xylitol after a meal. Xylitol combats the acidity produced by cavity-causing bacteria, preventing plaque from sticking to your enamel. Couple xylitol products with your twice-a-day-brushing regimen, and you can ensure that your teeth are protected from dental caries.
Don’t Put Off Dental Treatments
We make all sorts of excuses not to follow our goals: we’re too busy, it’s too difficult, or other parts of life have gotten in the way. But putting off much-needed dental work could only have a negative impact on your smile. Tooth decay, gum disease, and misaligned teeth are just a few examples of conditions that you shouldn’t ignore and leave untreated. By not addressing them, these conditions can become worse and affect your health, appearance, and well-being.
Tooth decay and gum disease can weaken your tissues and jawbone, causing teeth to decay, loosen, or even fall out. Misaligned teeth can make simple acts like eating and speaking more difficult in the future. By correcting your conditions now, you can save yourself from a lot of heartache and expensive treatments down the road.
Treat Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
You can also feel free to indulge in your smile this year. Are you plagued with unsightly stains or other imperfections on the surface of your teeth? Quick cosmetic solutions such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers can help fix that. Teeth whitening can rid your smile of those stubborn coffee and wine stains, while porcelain veneers can cover up cracks or chips in your teeth. Even major chips or cracks can be protected and masked by a customized crown. If need be, these treatments can even be combined in a smile makeover to fit your ideal dream smile.
Dental Anxiety? Try Sedation Dentistry
If your hands get clammy at the thought of a dental appointment, or you feel distraught while sitting in a dental office, then you may be afflicted with dental anxiety. It’s an emotional state that can prevent patients from seeing the dentist, and even getting the treatments they need. But we want you to know that getting the proper care you need is possible, thanks to sedation dentistry.
Pure Dental patients have a choice of which method works for them:
• IV conscious sedation,
• Oral conscious sedation
• Nitrous oxide
• Deep/General anesthesia
Dental anxiety has become one of the more prevalent reasons why patients avoid the dentist during the year. But thanks to sedation dentistry, patients now can feel calm and collected for their appointments, and our team can quickly complete treatments in a short time with minimal fuss.
Contact Us For New Year’s Dental Tips
Don’t shirk on your New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Instead, take control of your dental health and contact us at Pure Dental. We’ll walk you through affordable treatments you can easily qualify for, and answer any questions you may have. Let us help you reach your dream smile this year!