Let’s face it. New Year’s resolutions often quickly fall by the wayside. Studies show that up to 90% of resolutions fade away before completion (often just a few weeks into the new year!) Sometimes people are too grandiose in their ambition. Sometimes there isn’t enough planning, or outside events make it difficult to follow through. Sometimes willpower fatigue sets in. We think these three preventive dental care resolutions are realistic, measurable and will set you (and your smile) up for success in 2017!
#1: Schedule Cleanings and Checkups Twice A Year!
If you already have a checkup and cleaning scheduled, good for you! If not, now is the time to get out your calendar, and pick up the phone. Checkups and cleanings give us a chance to look over your teeth, but that’s not all. We do oral cancer screenings, and we take periodic x-rays, to see what’s going on under your gums. We can advise you if there are spots you miss when brushing. This is also a time to ask questions if you have been having jaw clicks or pain, unexplained headaches, increased snoring or sleep disturbances or any other issue with the teeth, mouth or jaw.
#2: Learn Proper Flossing Technique (and DO IT!)
If you tear of a short length of dental floss and run it back and forth between your front teeth, there is room for improvement in your flossing technique. Let us help you learn to floss the right way. We are always happy to give a hands-on demonstration when you are in our office. It shouldn’t be difficult or painful, and it has great health benefits for your teeth and gums when done properly (and daily!)
#3: Tell Us If Your Smile Bothers You
We want your teeth and gums to be healthy, but it doesn’t stop there. We want you to be happy with your smile. That might mean addressing minor tooth issues that are not a health detriment, but that bother you. A small chip on a front tooth may be made invisible by bonding small patch, or contouring the tooth. Discolored teeth may respond well to whitening. We see every patient as an individual, when you tell us when something about your smile bothers you, we can discuss dental solutions.