Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to neglect smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this post from The Plano Dentist, our goal is for you to analyze where you stand and look at whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and improve your quality of life.
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth properly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.
Good: See the dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an intensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at The Plano Dentist.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use a tooth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth bleaching procedure.
Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, strong, and natural-functioning dental implant. (Consult with us to find out if you are a good candidate for an implant.)
Good: Eat a wholesome diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a sensible diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugary snacks, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your little one to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous counsel and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, speak with us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.
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