Have you experienced issues with cavities this past year? Were you surprised by symptoms of gingivitis? As you look forward to the new year, you may want to consider how you can improve your approach to oral hygiene. Changes in your physical health, the gradual erosion of your enamel, and fluctuations in your diet can all impact your vulnerability to dental problems. Regular dental exams can help you stay on track, they can be important to sustain good daily behaviors. Our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can discuss your habits with you and help you look for more ways to positively change your approach to oral hygiene!
Because brushing and flossing are (hopefully) such familiar parts of your day, you may pay less attention than you realize as you care for your teeth. You may overlook seemingly minor changes in your routine that leave you with less protection against tooth decay and gingivitis. A commitment to better dental health can call for relatively modest changes that return you to better daily practices. However, it is sometimes necessary to make bigger adjustments to stay on top of your oral hygiene.
If you want to keep your smile healthy and avoid restorative dental work, make sure you attend regular dental checkups. At your checkups, you receive important feedback about the state of your teeth and gums as well as protection in the form of a dental cleaning. Between visits, make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes twice a day, and that you take care of the areas of your smile that might be harder to reach. To further protect yourself, make sure you floss at least once a day. Remember that you also need to protect your teeth between brushings. Cut back on sugar, and make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Better hydration will help you by sustaining your saliva production. Saliva removes food particles from our teeth and can help neutralize oral bacteria.
Your smile goals for the new year can address more than just your health. With the right cosmetic dental procedure, you can feel more confident in the way you look and move past problems with your appearance. You can make your teeth brighter by arranging a whitening treatment, or take on problems with the shape, size, or position of teeth with porcelain veneers. Many people who look into cosmetic work are surprised at how much a single treatment can improve a smile, and at how little time it takes to see results!
Magnolia Family Dental is ready to help you enjoy a healthier, more confident smile in the new year and beyond! In addition to providing routine preventive services, we can address any active oral health issues that affect you, and we can discuss cosmetic treatments to positively change the way you look. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, call our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office at 314-822-4521.