The beginning of the year is an excellent time to think about the habits you can adopt to better your life. If one of your goals is to enjoy better oral health, dentist Ricardo Hernandez of Pacific Beach Smile Studio can help. Here, he suggests some dental resolutions for strong, healthy, beautiful teeth.
Start (or Maintain) Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Good oral health begins at home with daily hygiene. It is important to brush at least twice a day with an ADA-approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. This removes bacterial plaque and food debris to prevent cavities, gum disease and other oral problems. Flossing at least once a day is also critical to remove food particles in the nooks and crannies between the teeth. Resolve to replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months; sooner if the bristles become frayed or you have a cold or the flu.
Straighten Your Smile
If your teeth are crowded, crooked or awkwardly spaced, consider straightening them with . Correcting these problems not only beautifies your smile, it’s also good for your oral health. Properly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean and reduce the risk of gum disease and problems with the bite. Patients love treatment with Invisalign because the system’s aligners are comfortable and discreet. Treatment time is typically shorter than that of traditional orthodontics.
Replace a Missing Tooth
Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from the beauty of your smile, or affecting your chewing ability? Are you worried about a cracked or fractured tooth? Resolve to undergo much-needed restorative care with the placement of a dental implant, bridge or crown. These high-quality restorations are remarkably lifelike in appearance and comfortable in fit and feel.
Whiten Dull or Dark Teeth
Are you bothered by discolored or stained teeth? There is no faster or more effective way to lighten teeth than a professional teeth whitening treatment. Some treatments have been shown to lighten teeth up to eight shades in a single hour. Since Dr. Hernandez supervises treatment, he can prevent issues of tooth or gum sensitivity.
Schedule a Dental Exam
Everyone should see a dentist at least once a year for a professional examination and cleaning. To schedule your appointment with Pacific Beach dentist Ricardo Hernandez, please call 858-272-6047 today.