Have you made any resolutions for the new year? We always encourage our patients to think about their smiles! With a few simple changes to your daily routine, you could improve the health and beauty of your smile. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about some New Year’s resolutions for your oral health!
Taking Time to Brush
One major way to help your smile is taking time to brush your teeth properly. Many people brush for 30 seconds and call it good, but to properly clean your smile you need to brush for two minutes each time, in the morning and again at night. You can help time yourself with a song, video, or even a sand timer. Also, try to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, as being too rough with medium or hard bristles could cause gum recession or sensitive teeth. You can opt for electric or manual. As both are effective when used properly. Now, as for your toothpaste, we suggest one with fluoride. This helps strengthen the enamel to limit cavities! You should use a pea-sized amount each time.
Often, people skip flossing or do so infrequently, even though this is vital to fighting gingivitis and gum disease. Flossing removes what a toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. You should clean between your teeth every evening. Run the tape up and down each side of every tooth, and dip below the gum line in a “c” motion. This will remove trapped food and drink particles, and help limit the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, and even cavities and gingivitis.
When was the last time you had a checkup visit? We should have our teeth examined once every six months. During this visit, we will look for signs of trouble with advanced digital imaging. We then create a personalized treatment plan to address these concerns and restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
In the same visit, we will also clean the teeth as well. A dental cleaning is a process in which we remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. This helps keep the teeth healthy and bright! If you have any questions about preventive dental care, or if you would want to schedule a visit, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk to Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Maintaining Good Oral Health
Our team is eager to help you enjoy your best smile in 2023 and beyond! If you would like to find out more about protecting your smile in a new year, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.