Family Dentistry: Your Smiles Are Worth ProtectingFriday, December 2nd, 2016
At this time of year, it’s common for a certain jolly old soul to ask children if they have been naughty or nice. Well, your family dentist in Danville, IL, has a question for you, too. Have you been naughty or nice to your mouth?
If you aren’t sure, then today’s blog post is for you. We will tell you what nice things you should be doing to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking it’s best.
That should include routine visits to Advanced Smile Arts throughout the year. We are happy to help however we can, but we can’t do that if we don’t see you and your smiles!
To schedule appointments for your family, simply fill out our online request form or call 217-703-4536.
★ Nice Family Dentistry Tip #1: Make Oral Care A Habit
The American Dental Association and the staff at Advanced Smile Arts encourage you to develop a good daily dental hygiene routine. A good place to start is with the ADA’s guidelines.
The ADA suggests brush your teeth twice and floss once per day. Both of these things should be part of your daily routine. In total, you can do all this in five minutes per day.
Each time you brush, you should scrub for two minutes. Be sure you clean your teeth on all sides. You should use a toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
It’s also important to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
While regular brushing will remove many bacteria and plaque from your teeth, your toothbrush can’t clean each space in your mouth. This is why flossing needs to be part of your routine as well.
Using dental floss or another interdental cleaner is how you clean the spaces between your teeth and between your teeth and gums. This helps to remove plaque as well as dislodges small bits of food that may be stuck. Doing this also helps to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
As important as your home care routine is, our next tip is equally important …
★ Nice Family Dentistry Tip #2: Visit The Dentist
Your daily hygiene routine is essential to your oral health. However, nobody is perfect, which is why a professional dental cleaning and exam is also important.
This is one of the main reasons we hope you will visit Advanced Dental Care a couple times each year.
During your appointments, one of our dental professionals will give you a professional cleaning. This means removing and plaque or tartar that may have built up on your teeth. It also means checking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
We always hope that your mouth will be clean as a whistle, but we are prepared to provide treatment whenever it may be needed.
As you know in other aspects of your life, preventing problems is the best approach. The next best thing is dealing with those problems as soon as possible.
When it comes to oral health, we are more likely to spot problems in the early stages if your family visits us regularly.
Consider this a reminder to make an appointment to see us again soon.
★ Nice Family Dentistry Tip #3: Protect Your Smile
The steps above should be the foundation of good oral health, but you can go further by taking advantage of some other services offered as part of our general dentistry.
▸ Get Athletic Mouthguards
Every athlete in your family no matter how old or younger should be wearing an athletic mouthguard while participating in high-impact sports. What are high-impact sports? In general, any sport that involves a lot of contact, jumping, or changes in speed and direction would be considered a high-impact sport.
Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard is the best way to protect your teeth and jaw during those activities. We would be happy to make one for all the budding superstars and weekend warriors in your family.
▸ Get Dental Sealants
Sealants are a barrier that can be applied to your molars. These are the flatter, wider teeth at the back of your mouth. These are the teeth we use to chew our food. This is part of the reason those teeth are the most likely to develop cavities, too.
One way to help prevent cavities is creating a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are that barrier.
▸ Get Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments do two things that help to preserve your smile. First, fluoride can repair minor damage to your enamel. This is the hard outer layer of your teeth.
Second, fluoride makes your enamel stronger, so it is less likely to develop tooth decay.
Be Nice To Your Smile
We hope you have a happy final month of 2016. We also hope that we will get to see you at our Danville dentist office in 2017.
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