A new year is a new chance to dedicate time and attention to your oral health. Keeping your teeth strong and beautiful is a resolution worth keeping! The Sedation Dental Care team of dental professionals is committed to supporting your journey to achieving and keeping the smile of your dreams.
This article will go over some of the easiest ways to keep your smile bright and healthy this year. The easiest ways to maintain your oral health in 2023 are:
- Twice yearly preventative dental care
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily with toothpaste with fluoride
- Flossing you’re teeth daily
- Drinking water with fluoride especially after eating sweets or carbs
- Getting problematic teeth treated
Twice Yearly Preventative Dental Care
Regardless of what condition your teeth are in, dental care is essential to your oral health and overall wellness. Studies show that oral health can affect your overall health and cause problems throughout your body if issues are left untreated. Visiting Sedation Dental Care at the Raleigh Smile Center for your bi-annual cleaning and check-up is the first step to diagnosing and treating any dental problems.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many major dental procedures are needed when patients have ignored small dental problems for too long. Cavities become crowns, sensitive gums become gingivitis, and small issues end with major procedures. Fight tooth decay, pain, and inconvenient procedures by visiting our office regularly. Our team will leave you and your family with a strong and healthy smile all year round.
Brushing Twice Daily For Two Minutes
Two minutes is the lucky number when it comes to brushing your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) calls it the 2-for-2 rule. Brushing for two minutes, two times each day. You should divide your mouth into sections, like one minute on the left side of your mouth and one minute on the right side of your mouth. Breaking it down even further you could spend 30 seconds on the left bottom of your mouth and 30 seconds on the top left side of your mouth. You should also be using fluoride toothpaste to give your teeth the fluoride mineral they need.
There are a couple of options in the world of flossing. There are old waxed or unwaxed spools of floss, plastic flossers, and even water flossers. It does not matter which system you use it only matters that you use a floss to get the nooks and crannies between your teeth to avoid food and plaque build-up. Plaque buildup between the teeth is a major contributor to gum disease, premature tooth decay, and the need for crowns and root canals.
Drinking Water with Fluoride
The CDC states that the water in the United States of America has been fluorinated for 75 years. This increase in fluoride has prevented nearly 25% of dental cavities and damage among adults and children. Many people solely drink bottled water, however, the fluoride in tap water strengthens the outer enamel of the teeth as a defense against dental erosion. If you are drinking bottled water be sure that you are also drinking tap water as well for this fluoride boost that has proven so beneficial.
Getting Teeth Treated for Degradation
Signs of tooth degradation include:
- Pain in your teeth without injury
- Cold or heat sensitivity
- Discoloration of the tooth or between teeth
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Sedation Dental Care and let our team stop dental erosion in its tracks. Our office is equipped with the latest in dental technology to provide restorative and cosmetic dental procedures including crowns, bridges, veneers, and much more.
Take these simple steps to maintain your oral health in 2023 and schedule your twice-yearly dental appointment today. As always, if you should encounter a problem between appointments, call our team and we will get you in as soon as possible. Call 919-783-9686, we know your smile will thank you for it.