How Regular Dental Checkups Help Keep You Healthy

If you’re like many people, going to the dentist isn’t among your favorite activities — and consequently, you may only see a dentist when you experience an oral health condition that causes you so much discomfort or even pain that you can no longer ignore it. However, the vast majority of dental issues can be circumvented or delayed by taking preventive measures, including scheduling regular appointments with a dentist. Most people should see their dentist every six months.

Your Dentist Will Perform Regular Cleanings

Even if you’re meticulous about brushing and flossing your teeth as a part of your at-home oral hygiene routine, you won’t be able to remove all the plaque and tartar buildup that occurs over a period of time. This buildup is what causes tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional teeth cleanings ensure that plaque and tartar buildup is kept to an absolute minimum. As an added bonus, having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis will help keep your smile white and bright.

Your Dentist Will Devise a Customized Care Plan for You

One of the most significant advantages of having a regular dentist is that you’ll receive customized care designed to meet your individual needs and preferences. Your regular dentist will know your medical history as well as your dental history and will, therefore, be able to screen for conditions that you may be vulnerable to be developing and to implement preventive treatments designed to prevent them or slow down their progress. Regular dental checkups also make it possible to catch conditions such as gingivitis at their onset instead of after they’ve progressed to the point where the prognosis isn’t as good.

Your Dentist Will Screen You for Oral Cancer

Regular dental checkups are your first line of defense against oral cancer. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination to detect possible signs of oral cancer and will refer to a specialist if further investigation is warranted. 

Please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup or for more information on how having regular dental checkups can have a positive impact on your overall health.

Girl after teeth whitening

How to Prolong Professional Teeth Whitening Results

When you take the time and money to get your teeth professionally whitened, there’s no doubt you want it to last as long as possible. Thankfully, prolonging your results may only take a few tweaks to your lifestyle. You may be able to stretch your investment for up to three years when you follow these simple steps.

Use a Straw

It’s not fair to tell you to give up your favorite (but staining) drinks, like red wine or coffee. It may not even be fair to tell you to drink them with a straw! However, if you really want to keep your teeth gleaming, it makes sense to safeguard them from things like cola or fruit juice.

Watch What You Eat

Drinks are usually the culprit when it comes to staining because the remnants tend to linger in the mouth. However, there are certain foods and condiments that you may want to limit as well. Things like chocolate, vinegar, or dark-colored sauces (e.g., ketchup, soy, etc.) may conspire against your professional teeth whitening. Even healthy vegetables like beets can cause staining (though we recommend you skip to the next step rather than give up nutrient-rich foods like beets).

Get Rid of Plaque

From flossing to brushing to water picks, there are so many ways for you to help keep your teeth free from the unsightly build-up that is plaque. Of course, you should also be getting your teeth cleaned according to your dentist’s recommendations (usually twice a year). You can also try drinking more water after black coffee or blackberries. It’s not quite as good as brushing, but it’s a good way to produce the saliva that keeps the plaque from clinging to the tooth.

If possible, try drinking immediately after ingestion, and then brushing about a half-hour later or so. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking may damage the enamel of the tooth and allow tiny openings for stains to collect.

Consulting with a dentist can help you get a better idea of how to avoid discoloration after your professional whitening. Some people are simply more prone to stains, which means you may need to take additional precautions to keep yours as white as possible.