By Advance Family Dental Care
December 05, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   dental care   Dentistry  
Dental CareA smile says a lot about us, and a healthy, beautiful smile can reap a host of wonderful benefits, from decreasing stress hormones to boosting confidence and productivity. We sometimes put our teeth through a lot of abuse, using them as various tools, bottle openers, and even scissors. However, no matter what age we are it’s important to preserve our healthy smiles, and it’s never too late to actively start taking our oral health into our own hands. Your Naperville dentist offers up some handy advice for protecting your teeth through the years.
 

Routine dental visits

No matter what age you are you should never skimp on dental visits. This means getting that much-needed exam and cleaning every six months so your dentist can check for any changes or potential problems brewing. The sooner your dentist can detect an issue the better the prognosis will be.
 

Brush and floss regularly

Sure, you may already think that your oral hygiene is up to par; however, be honest with yourself for a minute. Do you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time? Do you floss every day without fail? Do you rinse your mouth out between meals? Do you change your brush every three months, or when the bristles begin to fray? If you found yourself shaking your head at any of these questions, then it’s time to change you routine a bit to boost your oral health.
 

Avoid bad habits

This means teeth grinding, using teeth as tools, smoking tobacco and consuming too much sugar. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugary, starchy treats. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself; however, American diets are often full of added sugar, lurking in the most unexpected of places. Check nutrition labels, ditch the smoking habit, and talk to your Naperville dentist if teeth grinding is affecting your smile.
 

Soothe sensitivities

Did you know that people in their late 20s and early 30s often experience sensitive teeth most often because they are brushing too hard? If you notice pain or discomfort whenever you consume something hot or cold, you are most likely dealing with sensitive teeth. If this is the case, be gentle with your teeth when brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use light sweeping motions when brushing. Some teeth-sensitive toothpastes like Sensodyne may also help.
 
 

Call Advance Family Dental Care Today!

If you’re interested in finding out more ways you can improve your smile, or you just need to schedule a routine exam, then give our office a call. Just like you, or number one priority is your smile!
 
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