We tend to spend many hundreds of dollars on the upkeep of our automobiles, yet, balk at investing in our oral health and appearance. Your smile is certainly more deserving of the attention it needs to keep it in good working order and looking great!
With daily care and commitment, most dental problems are avoidable. What I see, more often than not, are problems that occur not necessarily due to outright neglect as from a lack of knowledge. While commercials promote denture creams, tooth paste and whitening strips, there has been little public awareness of how to adequately care for one’s teeth and gum health.
Results from much research now show how your oral health impacts your overall health and can even contribute to the onset of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and preterm babies. Yet, many American adults still lack an understanding of how easy it is to prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place.
Be determined to save money on dentistry by spending mere minutes per day tending to your oral health. Take these steps:
Floss daily – Ask for a ‘flossing lesson’ if you’re having difficulty
Brush thoroughly (at least twice a day) using a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste
Swish after meals when you cannot brush and drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist
Use a tongue scrapper daily to remove bacteria embedded in the tongue
Maintain your 6-month dental check-ups and cleanings
Keep between-meal snacking to a minimum and avoid sugar whenever possible
If you have soft enamel, ask your dentist for sealants. When teeth are cracked or fractured, have them crowned as soon as possible.
If you are missing teeth, replace them – preferably with dental implants.
Be as committed to your smile as your vehicle and you’ll save time, money and enjoy overall health benefits all day, every day! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an appointment if you are past due for a check-up and cleaning.