A new year is a perfect opportunity to start new habits. Make 2023 the year you invest in your oral health by making a few small changes to your daily routine.
Start the New Year right by caring for your teeth! A good oral health routine will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Be sure to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. You might also want to use an electronic toothbrush to give yourself a deeper clean. Following up a good oral care regimen with regular exams and cleanings at our dental office in Seattle, WA, will help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy in the new year.
Kick the habit for good! Smokers have twice the risk of developing gum disease when compared to non-smokers. Tobacco causes an inflammatory response in the body, which causes less blood flow to the gums, causing them to become weaker and more susceptible to disease. Give up smoking now for a better smile in the New Year!
Cigarette smoke also causes your teeth to turn yellow or brown. The tar and nicotine found in cigarettes are highly acidic and will weaken your enamel, leading to tooth decay over time.
Maintain a healthy diet in the new year by including plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains every day. This will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy too!
Your dentist can recommend how often you should visit them, and this often depends on your oral health history. However, the American Dental Association suggests visiting your dentist twice each year to ensure optimal oral health. These routine visits allow your dentist to check for cavities, gum disease, and other issues that require treatment to protect your smile. Routine dental cleanings are also essential to maintaining good oral health. During these appointments, we will remove plaque buildup from your teeth and provide further instruction for better at-home care.
It is important to schedule these regular visits to the dentist to help prevent common conditions such as tooth decay and bad breath. If you are overdue for a checkup and cleaning, call your dental office today!
Please feel free to contact our office at (206) 363-4300 today for more information. You can also visit us at 10004 Aurora Ave N Suite 14, Seattle, WA 98133. We look forward to meeting you!