As we get ready to bid farewell to the old year, and we look forward to the arrival of 2014, it’s time to take stock of your accomplishments over the last twelve months. Whether you got a new job, had a baby, or just took a really awesome vacation, you should congratulate yourself on your achievements. However, as you reflect on the major events of your life, don’t forget to take stock of the day to day occurrences that can have a major impact on your overall quality of life. Answer the following questions, courtesy of your general dentist in Southlake, TX to find out whether your dental habits are a cause for major celebration in 2013.
Your Dental Checklist
- How often do you brush and floss?
- How many times did you visit the dentist this year for cleaning and examination?
- How often do you drink soda?
How Did You Do?
- If you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, give yourself a pat on the back. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. Make sure you are using soft-bristled toothbrush and you are replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. You should brush with the toothbrush held at a 45 degree angle, and you should make sure to brush your tongue, as well as your teeth. When flossing, you should use about 18 inches of floss, and you should glide the floss gently between your teeth. Snapping it can damage your gum tissue.
- You should visit your dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and checkup. This applies to patients of all ages. If you have children, they should begin visiting the dentist no more than 6 months after the appearance of their first baby tooth. Not only do regular cleanings keep your teeth looking white and sparkling, getting routine checkups enables your dentist to carefully monitor your gum health and any dental health conditions such as bruxism, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
- If you drink soda on a regular basis, you may find yourself on the naughty list this year. This beverage is one of the worst offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Soda – even diet soda – is extremely acidic, and some brands have the same pH level as battery acid. Regular exposure to this acidity can wear away your dental enamel, exposing the softer underlying layer of teeth.
If you see room for improvement, this is a good opportunity to renew your commitment to dental health. As the New Year approaches, make a resolution to protect your smile with daily brushing and flossing, dietary changes, and regular appointments with your Southlake dentist.
About Gregory Wright, DDS:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.