In this post from Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro, our goal is for you to scrutinize where you stand with your dental health regimen, and examine whether you could step it up a notch.
Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become lax about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. Remember: committing to best dental health practices can prevent future problems and benefit your quality of life.
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth correctly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss correctly before bed.
Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year, even if you don’t notice any dental problems.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an extensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an over-the-counter teeth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth whitening treatment.
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, secure, and natural-functioning dental implant.
Good: Eat a healthy 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, minimize sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your child 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 advice and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, talk to 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.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we are dedicated to the dental health of each of our patients. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.