January 14, 2019
It’s a new year! As you plan out what you want to accomplish this year, you probably envision your goals coming to fruition without a hitch—especially aspirations to improve your health. In a perfect world, we all would be able to keep every single resolution. Although we don’t live in a perfect world, you can have a perfect oral hygiene routine to promote your oral health. Here are some things you could do this year for your oral health care in Wayne.
Flossing may seem like such a small thing, but it can have a huge impact on your smile. Although brushing does remove a lot of the plaque from your mouth, your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth. Bacteria like to congregate there and produce acids that attack your teeth and irritate your gums. If not removed, plaque can cause your gums to bleed and become inflamed—the first sign of gum disease. Over time, the gums recede from your teeth and can form pockets for more bacteria and food particles to become trapped. Without intervention, gum disease can cause permanent damage to the supporting tissue and bone and lead to tooth loss. Flossing once a day helps prevent any of this from happening in the first place.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Even if you diligently brush and floss daily, you still need to visit the dentist every six months. But why? Well, over time plaque can build up. When it hardens or calcifies into tartar, it is much harder to remove. Your dentist in Wayne and their hygienists have the professional tools and training to address this tartar buildup. Essentially, you can wipe the slate clean every six months and start over fresh.
Your appointment entails more than just a cleaning. It also includes a thorough oral exam from the dentist, in which they visually check your gums, teeth, tongue, mouth, and throat for any indications of more serious conditions, such as gum disease or oral cancer. Through early detection and treatment of these conditions, you are able to avoid their more damaging effects later, when you may need more drastic, extensive treatment.
Drink More Water
Instead of reaching for an energy drink or a soda, think about drinking more water. Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on sugar, which is abundant in many common drinks. In contrast, water contains no sugar and can actually help your mouth by rinsing away residual food particles and plaque. As you drink more water and fewer sugary drinks, you and your dentist will likely see an improvement in your oral, as well as your overall, health.
As you try to implement these resolutions into your life, you’ll see a difference in your oral health. They are simple yet significant changes that can boost your mouth’s strength against bacteria. Make 2019 a year that you changed your life for the better with meaningful lifestyle changes. For more information about oral health care in Wayne, contact your dentist.
About the Practice
Having served 3 generations of Wayne area families, Wayne Family Dentistry welcomes patients of any age. The four qualified, experienced dentists and the staff have decades of experience and are dedicated to serving their patients. By keeping their patients fully informed about the options, they allow patients to sit in the driver’s seat for their own treatment. To contact them, you can call (610) 688-4578 or click here.
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