January 29, 2019
The new year is a clean slate to reflect on changes you’d like to make. Most people focus on their health goals, and your dentist wants to remind you that your oral health is no exception. Here are some helpful tips on making the health of your teeth and mouth a priority for 2019.
Brush Before Bed
Brushing your teeth when you wake up in the morning may be easier to remember; however, when you brush before bed, it eliminates all the bacteria in your mouth left there from the meals and snacks you’ve eaten throughout the day. Eliminating food debris is essential because the bacteria will turn into plaque that sits on your teeth and breaks down your enamel if it’s not removed.
Floss Once a Day
Why do so many people overlook such a simple habit like flossing their teeth? Mainly because they are tired or feel it’s time consuming. However, flossing is equally as important as brushing your teeth because it removes the plaque and bacteria buildup in between them, which is critical because you can actually get cavities there.
If you are not currently flossing on a regular basis, consider committing to at least one day a week to start with and then slowly add additional days as it becomes a habit.
Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
The new year is a great time to reevaluate your food choices and make some healthy changes to your diet. If you typically have a snack in the afternoon, consider choosing fruits and veggies over chips, crackers, or bagels.
Fruits and vegetables increase your saliva flow, which washes away the excess debris in your mouth left over after meals. They also neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay and cavities.
Routine Dental Checkups
Did you know there’s a correlation between your periodontal health and other concerns in the body such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes? The same bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease can also contribute to other health issues and vice versa.
Visiting your dentist in Henderson consistently for a six-month cleaning and checkup is critical not only for your oral health, but also your overall health and well-being.
Patients with dental insurance can enjoy the fact that six month cleaning and checkups are typically covered, which means that there is very little or even no out-of-pocket cost for your preventive appointments. If you don’t have dental insurance, your dentist’s treatment coordinator can offer some helpful tips on fitting dentistry into your budget.
Contact your dentist today for more information or to schedule your next visit.
About the Author
For over 20 years, Dr. Brett Noorda has been providing patients in Henderson, NV with personalized dental care they can rely on. With a focus on preventive care, Dr. Noorda’s goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.
If you would like to contact Dr. Noorda, he can be reached by calling 702-456-7403 or through his website.
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