New Year’s Smile Resolutions
Hello Oregon City! Welcome back to our dental blog. We hope that you are getting lots of good information here. We do love having a platform to reach our patients in-between office visits.
Did you know that by the time you are fully grown, you will have 32 teeth? There are four distinct types of teeth, each with its own job to do. Incisors cut food. Canines do the tearing. Bicuspids crush whatever you put in their path. And molars handle the grinding. Your job is to keep all 32 in tip top shape throughout your life. But you don’t have to do it alone. That’s why Oregon City Family Dentistry is here.
Still, you will have a lead role to play in the partnership. And with a new year almost here, it might be a good time to get back in shape as far as healthy habits are concerned. As such, we wanted to review some basic hygiene routines that are essential to your continued well being.
Brush Like You Mean It
Brushing your teeth is your first line of defense against all the unpleasant things that can develop in your mouth. The American Dental Association thinks you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Who can argue with that? When you brush your teeth twice often you will have healthier gums and will be able to better fight off tooth decay.
Find The Floss!
Don’t take this one lightly! Dental floss is another daily necessity, because brushing alone is never going to be sufficient. Flossing your teeth will allow you to reach those hidden areas where food, bacteria, plaque, and tartar can build up waiting to cause big problems down the line.
Fluoride Really Works
If you want to hang onto your teeth, another good habit is rinsing with fluoride.
Studies have shown that fluoride can help prevent cavities for folks of all ages. In some instances, it can even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.
When you visit our office, we can further explore some of the best ways to get all of the fluoride you need.
Make Friends With Your Dentist
Finding a dentist you can trust is one of the most important things you will ever do for your family. Coming to see us every 3-6 months will go a long way towards maintaining health and happiness. That’s because our professional teeth cleanings are effective at building on your preventative brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
In actuality, no matter how good you are at executing these things at home, there is always going to be plaque, calculus, and stain that can only be removed with our special dental instruments.
For an extra layer of protection, we also offer dental sealants. A sealant is white resin based material that fills the grooves in your teeth, where your toothbrush is not likely to reach. This treatment help your teeth ward off dangerous bacteria by acting as a barrier.
If we have the opportunity to regularly examine your mouth we can check the state of your gums and teeth and make sure that nothing seems amiss.
Trust us, prevention now is always better than treatment later. It’s not that we can’t fix things further down the road. It’s just that it will inevitably involve more pain and expense the longer you allow an issue to go unaddressed.
Ready To Get Started?
With a new year starting, there couldn’t be a better time to reset your habits.
Now that you know how convenient it can be to stay on top of your oral health, we hope that you take the next step and schedule your first appointment with us.
We will do our part to keep your mouth clean and free of disease. And we will deliver the best-looking smile possible!
Don’t put it off any longer! Contact us today at Oregon City Family Dentistry to move forward with preventative dental care!
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