At Willow Chase Dentistry, we have the expertise, equipment, and experience to help our patients resolve virtually any dental and oral hygiene problem. But we consider our work to be its most successful when we help our patients avoid needing additional work done on their teeth and gums.
Prevention Is the Key
As with all types of health, oral health is best protected with prevention. Here are a few ways to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your lifetime:
- Brush twice a day.
Most people brush their teeth in the morning, as it’s one of the best ways to get rid of “morning breath” and a bad taste in your mouth. But don’t neglect brushing at night! Going to sleep with a mouthful of bacteria can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
- Floss once a day.
Flossing is something almost everyone knows they should do, but they don’t always follow through. Make it a habit! It’s easy for food and bacteria to get stuck between your teeth, and your toothbrush may be unable to clean those spots. Flossing keeps those hard-to-reach places clean and reduces the risk of tooth decay.
- Watch your diet.
Cut out sugary foods, such as candy, pastries, and desserts as much as possible. If you do indulge, brush your teeth afterwards. You should also trade sugar-filled drinks like sodas and fruit juices with sugar-free alternatives, water, and seltzers.
- Don’t chew ice.
If you regularly order iced beverages or use ice at home, you may be tempted to chew and crush the cubes while or after drinking. Don’t do it! Chewing ice can be extremely damaging for your teeth, especially when done over a long period of time.
- Schedule twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings.
No matter how well you take care of your teeth and gums, there’s always a chance that problems will arise. Going to the dentist twice a year not only keeps plaque at bay, but it also means that any issues will be discovered and addressed before they have a chance to worsen.
We’re Ready to Book Your Next Oral Health Checkup
Don’t wait another day to get a full dental checkup and cleaning! Request a dental appointment today, and remember that most dental insurances cover preventative checkups at 100%, and that means out-of-pocket cost to you.