Have you thought about your New Years resolutions yet? Although most people are quick to name dieting or hitting the gym, all too many people forget about their dental health—which can have a profound effect on other areas of the body.
The mouth is sometimes referred to as the window to a person’s health because so many conditions show symptoms there. Tooth decay and gingivitis can also cause oral bacteria to leach into the bloodstream and cause widespread inflammation, contributing to health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. Fortunately, you can help your body ward off these kinds of problems by focusing on proper dental care.
Resolve to Take Care of Your Teeth in 2017
This holiday season, focus on turning over a new leaf and resolving to take better care of your teeth in 2017. Here are just a few dental care tips that could help you to have a comfortable smile that you can be proud of.
Regular Dental Appointments
The American Dental Association recommends meeting with your dentist regularly in order to spot problems and address them quickly. In addition to saving you from the pain of advanced tooth decay, keeping regular dental appointments and getting complete periodontal evaluations can help your dentist and periodontist in Pittsburgh to address problems before they become more complex, saving you time and money.
A Focus on Dental Hygiene
Think about your daily dental hygiene routine and what you can do to perfect it. Focus on brushing and flossing carefully and consistently. If you have questions about the toothbrush and floss that you are using, don’t be shy about talking with Dr. Silberg. He can recommend great tools that are well suited for your dental concerns.
Avoid Dental Dangers
In addition to polishing up your daily hygiene routine, also focus on avoiding dental dangers. Don’t try to bite through foods that are hard, rinse after eating anything extremely chewy, and never open packages with your teeth. If you play sports, invest in a protective athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth from impact.
Be Proactive About Problems
Last but not least, pay attention to preventive care and be proactive about new problems. By making appointments regularly and addressing new dental issues, you can stay on top of your dental health.
At the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we want to make you smile in 2017. Contact our office to schedule your next checkup.