Start Your New Year with These Dental Tips
A winning smile is not only about attractive teeth – a great smile includes healthy teeth and gums too.
We know you’ve heard about brushing your teeth, well, probably since you can remember! But we’re offering this friendly reminder – along with a few added tips – to help you develop healthy habits this new year. At San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe in healthy smiles!
Begin with the Basics.
It’s a message that bears repeating — brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Proper brushing not only prevents plaque from forming, but it also strengthens gums. If you’re not sure how, our dental care team can show you the best techniques for thoroughly cleaning your teeth, tongue, and gums.
Just so you’ll know — plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that leads to cavities and gum disease. It hardens into tartar, which often causes discolored teeth and unpleasant breath. Take charge and take control!
Speaking of Floss
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing at least once a day, ideally after brushing your teeth. Flossing takes just a few minutes and it removes the plaque and bacteria from between your teeth (which a toothbrush can’t reach).
We’re not telling you anything you don’t already know — smoking is bad for your health! Tobacco and nicotine increase your risk of gum disease, bad breath, and discolored teeth; additionally, smoking increases the likelihood of developing cancers of the mouth and tongue.
If you’re a smoker and want to quit, there are lots of resources to help. Perhaps you can start here:
- California Smoker’s Helpline – 1-800-NO-BUTTS
- Kick It California
- American Cancer Society
Fruits, vegetables, and cheeses are some of the best choices when it comes to snacks that are good for your teeth. For example, crunchy fruits and vegetables produce saliva, which helps fight against bacteria and acid in your mouth. The lactic acid in yogurt helps prevent cavities from forming, while dairy products contain minerals, like calcium, which strengthens tooth enamel.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
Taking good care of your teeth is fundamental to a healthy smile, and restorative dentistry can also help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Services like teeth whitening, veneers, and dental crowns are smile makeover options to consider.
If you’re ready to start the new year with a new smile, contact the best cosmetic dentist in San Mateo today!