Does it seem like you saw a dentist more as a child than you do now as an adult? Maybe your parents were just better at scheduling and keeping an eye on your oral health. Or, the fact that losing baby teeth visually has your mouth, teeth and smile changing. Now as an adult, let’s readdress some of the top dental questions you should ask to create some good habits in maintaining good oral hygiene and oral health. Of course, there is the factor that good teeth contribute to a very valuable asset, that being your smile!
It goes without saying that you need to brush your teeth daily. After every meal would be ideal. That is a solid starting point. Then there is the type of brushing you do. Short, hard, soft, etc. Ask your dentist to evaluate your teeth and gums and then listen to their advice on the kind of toothbrush, the kind of toothpaste, and the technique you should be using for your teeth. Other than your waistline, you can limit your snacking, or snacks that have a lot of sugar. You should consider keeping fruits and vegetables in your diet and avoid tobacco use in any way, shape or form. Flossing is a small activity once a day that
yields terrific benefits in getting rid of plaque sitting on the enamel of your teeth in areas that the brush can’t reach. A healthy diet will help you in preventing tooth decay and gingivitis.
Regular Office Visits
Once you have located a dentist you trust you should schedule regular visits for simple examinations. A professional cleaning resets the condition of your enamel. These are recommended twice a year. Regular x-rays examine what is hidden to the naked eye. Depending on your oral health x-rays can be necessary from anywhere every six months to several years. Regular visits also keep an eye on your gum condition, something else that is very easy for us to overlook.
How do I Whiten my Teeth?
Research has proven that a beautiful smile showing white teeth can give you a tremendous boost to your self-esteem and your self-confidence. As you age you will experience discoloration with your teeth. Items that contribute to staining are coffee, red wine, colas, tea and any tobacco products. You can consult with your dentist about a program you administer at home, or you can speed the process up and deliver better results by letting your dentist do the whitening.
What are Implants or Veneers?
Your mouth and the teeth within are a lot more complicated than you think. If you lose a tooth you can have that space replaced with an implant. An artificial tooth, like an artificial hip or knee. Worth every penny it may cost. Veneers are thin porcelain covers that go right over damaged teeth. Teeth that are chipped, cracked or stained. These are just some of the many dental questions you should ask to protect an asset that is difficult to place a value on, that being your smile!
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