Dental Checklist for Caring For Your Teeth
Don’t let dental visits slide!Caring for your teeth is so important. Adult life can sometimes be a juggling act and it may feel like you just can’t find the time for a dental visit or even properly caring for your teeth. But making time for regular dental visits now can help keep you from have more serious problems in the future and costing you a lot of expense as well. Dental problems can be repaired but the cost is profound. By making good dental hygiene choices early on and regular visits for checkups, dental problems can be caught early enough to avoid more complex issues. Here are some things to consider for a problem free mouth.
- Brush and floss daily, even if it’s late. You’ve heard this a million times by now, but the importance of regular brushing and flossing can never be emphasized enough. Even if you’ve been good about your oral hygiene all your life, resist the temptation to let it slide for even one day; the longer plaque stays on your teeth, the more destructive it becomes.
- Eat well-balanced meals. When you’re juggling work, home and kids, it can be tempting to turn to fast food, soda and sugary snacks as a way to save time and feel more energetic. But sugar is a tooth decay demon and can cause you to crash after that initial “sugar high.” Be sure to integrate plenty of fresh vegetables into your daily meals and eat fruit, nuts and celery or carrot sticks as snacks.
- Exercise regularly — it’s good for your teeth! Studies show that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle — exercise and eating right — are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced gum disease.
- Consider treating yourself to cosmetic dentistry. Whether you want a quick boost or a complete smile makeover, there are plenty of cosmetic dental treatments available to help you achieve your dream smile. One-hour laser teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth 8-10 shades whiter, and porcelain veneers can mask stained teeth, chipped teeth or crooked teeth.