Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become complacent about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this post from The Carrollton Dentist, our goal is for you to analyze where you stand and think about whether you could step it up a notch.
Committing to dental health best practices is one of the best things you can do for your teeth. You’ll prevent future problems and improve your quality of life.
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth correctly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss correctly before bed.
Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See The Carrollton Dentist once a year even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an intensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at The Carrollton Dentist.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an OTC tooth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.
Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, secure, and natural-functioning dental implant. (Consult with us to find out if you are a good candidate for an implant.)
Good: Eat a nutritious diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a sensible diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, steer clear of sugary snacks, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your little one to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous guidance and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, talk to us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.
At The Carrollton Dentist, we want all our patients who have clean and healthy teeth, because they are meant to last a lifetime. We offer a wide range of services, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.
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