As the New Year begins and you make your list of resolutions, make sure this year’s list includes healthy teeth! Dr. Susan Wood of Phoenix Endodontic Group tells us how to achieve that. This resolution is much easier to keep than many others you may make. Following are three tips for a shiny smile in 2015.
- Go to the dentist
Many people avoid the dentist because of fear or expense, but the truth is that avoiding your routine appointments can result in a much more expensive or extensive treatment plan should you develop a problem. Dr. Wood reminds patients that Visiting their dentist regularly is the number one route to healthy teeth. By following a twice-yearly dental exam schedule you can catch small issues and treat them more easily, with a greater chance of preserving your natural teeth for a lifetime. Most tooth loss is completely avoidable. Patients who don’t pay attention to symptoms of tooth issues in their mouth, or don’t seek proper diagnosis or treatment are the most likely to lose teeth or require major repairs, says Dr. Wood.
- Avoid bad habits
There are lots of things to avoid to have healthy teeth, Dr. Wood reminds us. Chewing hard objects such as ice or hard candy can crack a tooth and allow bacteria to invade. Tearing packages open with teeth is another bad idea. Smoking and drinking excessive alcohol has an impact on your whole body, but many patients don’t realize that your dental health is also directly affected by these habits. For example, smokers have a greater risk of tooth decay and loss and oral cancer than non-smokers do. In addition smokers do not always heal efficiently so endodontic treatment or dental implants may have a more difficult healing process. Avoid sugary or acidic drinks such as soda and fruit juices, or at least brush your teeth after drinking.
- Practice good dental hygiene
Dr. Wood suggests brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly with a quality mouthwash to promote healthy teeth. The investment is minimal in terms of cost and time but the results are apparent every time you smile!
Resolving to have healthy teeth this year is an easily achievable goal. Talk to Dr. Wood and Phoenix Endodontic Group today for more advice on promoting dental health or restoring a less-than-sparkling smile.