Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become a bit lax with regular brushing and flossing. In this article from Masterworks Dentistry in Bakersfield, our goal is for you to evaluate where you stand and consider whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to dental health best practices can prevent future problems and support your quality of life.
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth properly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.
Good: See us if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental troubles.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an extensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Masterworks Dentistry.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use a whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth whitening treatment.
Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, stable, and natural-functioning dental implant.
Good: Eat a sensible diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a nutritious diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous advice and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, ask us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.
At Masterworks Dentistry in Bakersfield, we strive for excellence and want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!