The start of a brand-new decade is almost here. With it comes a perfect time to set new resolutions in motion. Most people resolve to read more books or exercise more often. What better way to stand out from the crowd by resolving to take better care of your teeth? Not only will your oral health be greatly improved, but your smile will shine a little brighter to boot! To put this resolution into reality, a dentist in Park City is here with some tips.
1. Get a Dental Cleaning
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to call your dentist’s office to schedule a checkup and cleaning. This is especially true if it has been more than six months since your last appointment. Plaque can build up around your gumline and between your teeth and turn into tartar, which leaves unsightly yellow spots on your teeth. Call your dentist as soon as they open after the holidays to book a checkup.
2. Prevent Gum Disease
Daily brushing and flossing can help keep gum disease, a bacterial infection in the gum tissue, at bay. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, as well as replacing your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles appear frayed or worn. The ADA also recommends using dental floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day.
3. Quit Tobacco
Refraining from smoking or chewing tobacco can improve your oral and overall health by leaps and bounds. If you need help quitting, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist or doctor. They should have plenty of resources to assist you.
4. Get Any Needed Dental Work Done
If you need to get some kind of dental work done, like a crown, filling, or dental implant, now is the perfect time to do it. The longer you put off treatment, the more likely your dental problem is to worsen. There’s no time like the present, so go ahead and get your dental work squared away.
5. Brighten Your Smile
A love of items like coffee, tea, wine, or berries can discolor your teeth over the years. Thankfully, your dentist in Park City offers both at-home and in-office teeth whitening to remove those unpleasant stains. You can drastically improve your self-esteem and smile brighter in the new year by scheduling an appointment to get your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Cody Calderwood achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. Over the course of his career, he has also taken hundreds of hours of post-graduate training courses, with an emphasis on dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. He has also been honored as a Fellow of both the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To learn more about how to get great oral health in the new year, you can contact Dr. Calderwood’s practice at (435) 649-4343.