We often mention the importance of receiving routine dental care in our office. However, today, we want to share the importance of caring for your teeth in your own home. We see our patients so infrequently during the year, which leaves the majority of their dental care in their own hands. Caring for your teeth properly helps prevent decay and other problems with your oral health. Here are some helpful tips to help ensure optimal oral health:
We cannot believe that we have already reached the middle of December, and we will be celebrating the new year in a couple of weeks! We know that many of our patients are busy during the holidays, spending time with family and friends, attending holiday parties, and even traveling to visit relatives. We wanted to share some helpful tips to ensure that you do not have any complications with your oral health in the new year.
While we know many of our patients will be busy celebrating Thanksgiving at the end of this month, we have another special day that we are preparing for, National Flossing Day! This day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of November, which happens to be the day after Thanksgiving. National Flossing Day was established in 2000 and is a special day dedicated to the importance of flossing your teeth and raising awareness about the benefits of proper oral hygiene for your teeth and gums.
Do you regularly notice red or pink when you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth? This can indicate bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can happen from something as simple as food that is caught between your teeth or perhaps when food scratches your gums. If you experience bleeding gums regularly, it can be an indication that you have a problem with your oral health. Bleeding gums can be caused by one of the following reasons:
It’s hard to believe that it’s already October. Before we know it, the holiday season and the end of the year will be upon us. When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, then you are due for a visit.
There are some special days that we celebrate in the month of February, such as Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. You may be surprised to learn there is another important day that can be celebrated during this month, National Tooth Fairy Day! If you are unfamiliar with this special day, it is celebrated on February 28th. National Tooth Fairy Day is actually celebrated twice a year, and the other day to celebrate is August 22nd. We celebrate this special day twice a year to signify that your child should be visiting the dentist every six months for a hygiene examination. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a special way to celebrate a young child losing their baby teeth and the cute little fairy who comes and collects all of the lost teeth.
We would love for our patients to have ideal health and never need a preventative, restorative, or cosmetic dental treatment. Unfortunately, that is not reality, and we see patients every day who are in need of treatments to restore the function of their teeth or improve the aesthetics of their smile. While the treatment itself is critical, it is even more important to follow the pre and post-treatment instructions that we provide. Not following our instructions can lead to severe damage to your oral health.
What is your favorite season of the year? Although each season has its positives and negatives, one of the biggest negatives of the winter season is getting sick. After the past few years, we think we can all agree that we know more about illness than ever before. For example, many of us are more diligent about using hand sanitizer and washing our hands whenever possible. No matter what precautions you may take, catching an illness is always a concern. You may be surprised to learn there are certain precautions you should take with your oral health when you are sick.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your oral health and think about the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning. For many patients, we recommend they visit every six months for a cleaning; however, there are a number of patients who have certain conditions, and we recommend a shorter interval between appointments. One such condition is gum disease. Although gum disease is one of the most common dental problems that affects adults, there are not many warning signs that alert patients to a problem. Read on to learn more about this serious condition and how it can affect your oral health.
Do you find yourself constantly reaching for another cup of coffee? Or perhaps you love drinking soft drinks throughout the day. When we think of the beverages that we consume daily, our first thought is always about how it may affect our overall health. You may be surprised to learn that the things you drink can impact your oral health too. With the holidays fast approaching, we know that many of our patients are going to be attending parties and events. The holidays are a time for indulging in spirits and sugary drinks that you may not normally consume. It is always wise to consume these types of beverages in moderation.