If you’re looking for something to do for yourself this Valentine’s Day – because we can all do a better job of taking care of ourselves – then put your oral health at the top of the list. Here are just a handful of ways you can show your teeth some love (and maybe even find love in the process).
1. Brush and Floss Every Day
Wake up: Brush your teeth. Get ready for bed: Floss and brush your teeth. These are easy jobs, and doing them every day gives you better oral health, minimizes your risk of cavities or infections, and keeps your teeth looking white and clean. Pucker up, buttercup – habits like this make you super-kissable.
2. Schedule a Dental Cleaning and Checkup
Everyone should get a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. This important appointment allows your dental hygienist to scrape away built-up tartar and plaque that threaten your tooth enamel and give you a clean slate. A check-up also includes your Johns Creek dentist’s once-over of your oral health. He will review any x-rays you have taken, identify problem areas, and recommend treatment if necessary. An oral cancer screening is also conducted at every regular dental visit, along with a review of your gums and bite. In other words, it’s a lovefest for your oral health. Don’t miss it.
3. Get a Night Guard
Do you grind or clench your teeth? This unconscious bad habit can wreak havoc on your oral health. Night guards from your dentist are customized to fit your teeth and your teeth alone. Making the choice to finally get a night guard will protect you from things like cracked enamel, broken teeth, gum recession, jaw pain, and headaches. You’ll be kissing your night guard every day for saving your oral health.
4. Straighten Your Teeth
If you’re dealing with a crossbite, open bite, crooked teeth, gapped teeth, or other oral health problems, talk to your Johns Creek Invisalign provider about whether Invisalign can work for you. Aligning your teeth not only makes them look better, it moves them where they belong so they are less likely to cause problems or discomfort. The biggest perk of Invisalign is that the clear aligners are nearly invisible – so no one needs to see that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. What’s not to love?
5. Replace Silver Fillings with White Fillings
Is your smile marred by silver fillings? They stand out, and not in a good way. You don’t have to stick with unsightly – and unhealthy – silver amalgam fillings. They can be easily replaced with tooth-colored white fillings, made of a composite material, that blends into your smile and looks natural, so no one ever needs to know that you had any work done on your teeth. You’ll love the look of your white smile.
Learning to love your smile begins with taking good care of your smile. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, or general dentistry, schedule your consultation at Hello Family Dental, serving Johns Creek, Suwanee, Alpharetta, and neighboring communities, and show your teeth some love.