Over the years, have you been diagnosed with more cavities than you’d care to admit? In fact, when you look at your smile, does it seem like there are more fillings than healthy teeth? If so, you may have set out to spend this year enjoying unprecedentedly good oral health. But are you really doing all you can to prevent cavities and other dental problems? Preventative dental care doesn’t have to be complicated. You simply need to take your dentists’ advice about how to properly protect those pearly whites of yours!
1. Add Flossing to Your Daily Routine.
Yes, brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but if you’re not flossing on a daily basis, then you are missing a key step of a proper preventive care routine. That’s because flossing helps to remove more of the plaque bacteria that can lead to gum disease and cavities, if left to remain on the teeth or stuck between them, where only flossing can effectively reach.
2. Drink more water.
Most people think about dental hygiene, when they think about protecting their smiles, but diet plays a huge role in oral health, as well. The more sugar you consume on a regular basis, the more likely you are to struggle with gum disease. Fortunately, drinking more water (and consuming less sugar) can help to protect the smile. Every time you reach for water, you are helping your body produce saliva, a natural defense against plaque buildup. Furthermore, when you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you are less likely to turn to sugary beverages, like sodas, juices, and sweetened coffees and teas that can wreak havoc on your smile.
3. See your dentist more than once a year.
While many people grew up being told that visiting the dentist once a year was all that was needed to keep the smile healthy, most dentists agree that bi-annual visits are actually necessary for most patients to adequately prevent cavities, and some people might need even more frequent dental cleanings, or even added periodontal care. So this year, make sure you schedule at least two visits for key preventive care, including a checkup and cleaning.
Need a Dental Cleaning?
Even with a healthy diet and regular dental hygiene, it’s still important to have your teeth professional cleaned at least twice a year for optimum oral health. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.