Healthier Teeth and Gums in the New Year

If you make a New Year’s resolution every year, but neglected to include healthier teeth and gums on your list, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Astoundingly, more than 56% of men and women in the United States do not floss on a regular basis. What’s worse is that more than 50% of the population is lackadaisical when it comes to brushing.

According to Web MD, good oral hygiene means flossing once each day, preferably before you go to sleep as your saliva flow slows down causing bacteria to build up. You should brush your teeth twice a day using a good fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist also recommends an ADA approved mouth rinse as well to help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. If you drink bottled water, you may want to include a fluoride mouthwash in your daily dental routine as well. Tap water contains fluoride while bottled water does not.

If you practice good oral hygiene, but are still unhappy with your smile, schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with your dentist who can determine what procedures would be best for your particular situation.

Unsightly stains can be helped with professional tooth bleaching, but if your stains are caused by medications, or are the result of root canals or other dental restorations, tooth whitening will not work.

If your stains cannot be helped with traditional tooth whitening methods, your dentist may suggest dental bonding or dental veneers.

Your dentist explains that dental bonding is an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers and can repair chips and cracks and fill gaps between your teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to replace silver amalgam fillings and colored crowns. Dental bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers and can become stained, chipped, and cracked.

If you have always had your heart set on a permanent solution for your misshaped teeth, talk to your dentist about porcelain veneers. Dental veneers usually take two dental appointments and can last up to a decade or more if taken care of properly.

Cosmetic dental restorations can change your outlook on life whether you opt for dental implants for missing teeth or want to replace your existing crowns and fillings.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist today for a no obligation cosmetic dental restoration consultation. A new smile really is good for your mind, body, and spirit.