2016 has finally come to a close which means New Year’s resolutions are right around the corner. As you get older, the possibility of you going to the dentist drops 20% at the age of 18. Almost 30% of adults and 20% of children go through the year with untreated cavities or decay in their teeth. This may lead not only to pain and difficulty eating, but also tooth loss.
Even if you’re brushing everyday, it can sometimes be impossible to remove all bacteria and food deposits from the gums. Using mouthwash can also help keep your teeth strong, but it doesn’t help keep your teeth’s enamel within optimal conditions as time progresses.
Keeping a daily dental routine in the morning, during the day, and before bed can help your teeth stay healthy and strong. In the morning, you should always brush an hour after you eat due to the fact that your enamel softens when you eat. Brushing immediately after eating can sometimes erode the enamel protecting your teeth. During the day, you can floss after lunch or even chew some gum as long as it’s sugar free. Before bed, make sure you repeat the same steps as in the morning.
Making regular trips to the dentist throughout the year can consist of preventative and strengthening measures like plaque removal and fluoride treatments. So what if you had the chance to stop tooth decay before it even begins? For this upcoming year, instead of just one New Year’s resolution, set an objective to not only stop eating sugary food and go to the dentist more often.
Here at Bonnie Helfner, DDS in Commack, we specialize in preventative measures like plaque removal, periodontal maintenance, and fluoride treatments. We also have specialty cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers and Zoom! Whitening. Not only can we help you achieve a healthier smile but also a whiter, more radiant one. So set a goal to contact us and let us help you achieve your ideal smile.