If you’re going to make New Year’s resolutions this year, we urge you to consider your smile. After all, a few simple changes to your daily routine and you could enjoy a bright and healthy smile throughout 2023 and beyond. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about keeping your smile strong.
Better Brushing Habits
You can make a few simple changes to your brushing habits to help protect your smile from serious oral health issues! First, make sure you and your family are brushing in the morning and then again at night for least two minutes. Your toothbrush matters too! While electric or manual are both effective, we do suggest one with soft bristles to prevent inadvertent enamel damage or receding gums. As for your toothpaste, try to choose one with fluoride or the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging, as this means it can help strengthen the enamel.
What about flossing? Well, we all need to floss every evening before we go to bed. You can use floss tape, strong, or a pick, just as long as you’re cleaning up and down each side of every tooth. You should dip below the gum line too, as this helps dislodge trapped food particles. This is essential for fighting not only cavities, but gingivitis and gum disease too!
Try to limit how many foods and snacks high in sugar and starch you eat, and cutback on energy drinks, sodas, and sports drinks in favor of water. These actions are good for your heart and your teeth and gums.
You should also schedule a checkup visit in the new year, so we can monitor your smile and look for possible signs of trouble, treating them in the early stages to avoid discomfort and complications for your oral health and appearance. We will watch for tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). We can screen for oral cancer as well, and offer kids preventive treatments like fluoride and dental sealants to fight cavities.
Our team will also clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar, which helps lower the risk of complications and keep teeth and gums strong. If you have any questions about safeguarding your smile in the new year, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence in the new year, and all the years to come.
Do You Have Any More Questions?
Contact Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO by calling 816-531-8000 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.