With the New Year is a chance to tackle some resolutions. Why not make a resolution to improve your smile’s health? With the right steps and daily care, our Urbandale, IA, patients can keep their teeth and gums healthy all year long.
Be Sure You Brush and Floss
Keeping your smile healthy means daily maintenance. When you take the time each day to address your smile’s health, you reduce the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and harmful infections by removing food particles and preventing serious plaque buildup. First, when you wake each morning you should brush your teeth for two minutes. You should do the same before going to bed as well. We recommend using either a manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Before bed every night (or preferably, after every meal) you should floss your teeth. You need to floss up and down the length of every tooth, moving under the gum line briefly in a “c” motion to remove food particles.
Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning
While brushing and flossing help limit how much plaque can accumulate on your teeth, only a dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar itself. You should see us twice a year to have your teeth cleaned. We also suggest undergoing a checkup in the same visit, so we can keep an eye on your smile and watch for the earliest possible warning signs of common oral health concerns, addressing them before they can progress into something serious. We can also discuss cosmetic treatments to improve your smile’s appearance, such as ClearCorrect invisible braces, porcelain veneers, and lifelike tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and bridges.
Pick Healthier Drinks and Snacks
You not only help your heart health and waistline, but a healthy diet also reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of drinking soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, opt for water. Avoid sugary snacks, instead select fresh fruits and veggies. We’d be happy to discuss smile healthy snack options!
Do You Have Questions About Improving Oral Health?
Dr. Lawson and our team want to help patients enjoy improved oral health throughout the year. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366. We also proudly services residents of Waukee, Johnston, Grimes, and Clive, IA.