We are close to the end of the year (and the decade), which makes this a great time to start thinking about your goals for the future. If you have struggled with dental health issues, or if you want to keep your teeth as healthy and bright as possible, make sure you include smile care goals in your plans for the next year. At our St. Louis, MO dental practice, we can offer guidance on better oral care at home, while also providing treatment during regular dental exams that can keep your teeth in good condition. Combining regular dental checkups with smarter habits at home can help you remain cavity-free in 2020…and beyond!
Avoid These Brushing And Flossing Mistakes
If you want to do a better job protecting your smile from problems like decay and gum disease, take time to re-examine your brushing and flossing practices. People often assume they are following good habits, but make certain mistakes that leave them vulnerable to future dental concerns. It is hard to overstate the importance of brushing and flossing consistently – tartar can form in less time than you expect. You should also dedicate at least two minutes to brushing so you effectively clean every area. Being thorough is key for brushing and flossing. Be sure you clean at your gum line, as this effort protects you against gum disease.
Make Smart Choices When It Comes To What You Eat And Drink
The decisions you make on a daily basis play a big role in the overall health of your smile. If you pay attention to your diet, and limit your consumption of sweets, you can have an easier time avoiding problems with tooth decay over time. Unfortunately, while people tend to know that sugar can hurt their smile, they tend to think the amount of sugar they typically consume will not be a problem. If you have had cavity issues in the past, you should definitely look at your diet as a possible reason. To further protect your smile, be careful about acidic foods and drinks. These items can soften your enamel over time. As a result, you can be more vulnerable to cavities, and it can be easier for teeth stains to form.
Stay Consistent With Professional Dental Exams
Typically, a person who wants to keep their teeth and gums healthy should schedule regular exams two times a year. The combined support of dental evaluations and dental cleanings will keep you informed about the condition of your smile, and protected against tartar and plaque. If Dr. Johnson-G’Sell identifies an issue with your oral health during a checkup, you can arrange for prompt restorative dental care. Responding quickly to an active problem can protect you from complications, and preserve more of your healthy enamel.
Magnolia Family Dental Can Keep Your Smile In Good Health!
Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO is proud to help families in and around our community take great care of their teeth and gums! If you have questions about our services, or if you would like to book your appointment, call our dental practice today at 314-822-4521.