Here we are – 2022. Are you keeping up with your resolutions? While it is still rather early, it is important to realize that our dental health is directly linked to our overall health so any improvements should start there. After all, we enjoyed our holiday season and likely overindulged in some of our favorite goodies a bit more than we should have. It’s time to get back on track with our goals for the new year.
We all know the basics to proper dental hygiene – brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, but are you doing these steps appropriately? If you are forgetting any of these steps, it’s time to rethink your habits and tweak some things. Here is a quick checklist:
Brush for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, rinse and floss twice daily, change your toothbrush every few months or after being sick, and see your dentist regularly.
Surprised by how simple it is? Many are, but it is just that easy. All it takes is a little bit of time and energy but will be a lifetime of great smiles as a result. But it’s even more than that. Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash is your leading line of defense when gum disease presents itself in your mouth. Not only does it help cure gingivitis, but also prevents bleeding gums and inflammation by eliminating the bacteria in your mouth causing the irritation. Talk about a bonus! Now, the brand and flavor is up to you, but it needs to be accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA) for ultimate protection.
Having a healthy smile will not only improve your smile but will also benefit your health. And if your dental hygiene habits aren’t the best, no worries – you have a brand-new year to get it right.
For more information about dental hygiene, call Dr. Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.
Dr. Sandip Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.