Happy New Year! Dr. Hampton and the entire team at the Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wish you a joyous New Year filled with health and happiness. The beginning of January is traditionally a time for making resolutions, and many people set health-related goals. The link between oral health and overall health is increasing every year, so why not consider the health of your teeth and gums when drafting this year’s resolutions?
Resolve to …
Brushing is your best defense against the cause of decay and gum disease: plaque, a clear, sticky film that builds up on your teeth every day. If you are not doing so already, resolve to brush after eating breakfast in the morning and before you go to bed at night. You should aim to brush for two to three minutes. Set your iPhone timer, or put on the radio and brush for the length of one song.
Refine Your Flossing
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, as it removes plaque between the teeth and below the gum line to reduce your risk of decay and gum disease. It doesn’t matter whether your floss is waxed/unwaxed or flavored/unflavored. A floss holder may help if you need a little extra support.
Drink More Water
Drinking lots of water is good for your health in many ways, including maintaining good dental health. Substitute sugary fruit juices, sodas or sports drinks with water. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.
If you enjoy chewing gum after a meal, switch to sugarless gum containing xylitol. Sugarless gum will clean your mouth and prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth after eating.
Replace Old Fillings or Restorations
If you have an old filling that has started to pull away from the teeth, this can leave a space for bacteria to accumulate (eventually causing decay and serious dental problems). Dr. Hampton can replace an old filling with a white or tooth-colored filling that is more secure and more aesthetically pleasing.
Schedule Two General Dental Appointments for 2014
Regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings are essential because our professionals can detect problems in their earliest stages, intervene quickly and nip the problem before it advances.
Contact Us Today
For more information about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact the team at the Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at 972.395.9292 or send us an email.