Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet you! First impressions are important so here are some ways to improve that smile. Follow these tips and you will be the one who sparkles when you walk in the room.
1.Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Seems like a no brainer, but there are many details in your brushing routine that you could be doing wrong.
- Brush at least twice a day -Brushing regularly is key. Make sure you are cleaning those pearly whites more than once a day.
- Labels-First check your label and make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it. Fluoride is very important for keeping teeth strong. It can actually work through remineralization which is the regrowth of a partially decayed tooth.
- Floss-Brushing your teeth doesn’t complete the job. Make sure you floss, too!
2. Please do not use Tobacco and Limit Alcohol
Tobacco is so last century. If you smoke, please quit. All tobacco use is absolutely terrible for your dental health.
If you drink, try to limit your alcohol to occasional usage. Alcohol can have a major impact on your dental health. Alcohol consumption can increase bacteria and cause tooth decay. It’s also full of sugar. So this New Year, 2024, dentists recommend cutting your alcohol consumption in half.
3. Stay Hydrated
Studies show that staying hydrated is a great way to improve your breath. It helps with saliva production as well. Good hydration can even help remove bacteria or bits of food that could be lingering after a meal if you haven’t had time to brush.
4. Eat Healthy Food
Not only do those crunchy, delicious fruits and veggies help clean your teeth, they also provide essential nutrients for a healthy smile. From apples and carrots to eggs and milk, all of these healthy dietary choices are key in giving you that healthy smile by providing the vitamins and minerals you need.
Ask your dental healthcare provider for more tips on foods with great nutrients for good dental health. There are delicious options out there!
5. Schedule Routine Dental Check-Ups
The best way to stay on top of things in 2024 is to get it all scheduled. Get those dental visits in your planner! If you want to make sure your dental health is the best it can be, make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly throughout the new year! This means every six months.
Wishing you all the best and especially a gorgeous and healthy smile in 2024!
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The holiday season surrounds us all with friends and family, as well as delicious food and drink, seemingly around the clock! Turkeys, cookies, hams, pies, briskets, latkes, cheese plates, dumplings…not to mention the special toasts to the season of every shade. It can be challenging to maintain dental health with all these sumptuous challenges on every side, but Park 56 Dentistry can you navigate the holiday season with oral hygiene in mind. Here are our top tips.
- Keep Flossers Handy
Simple, inexpensive, and discrete, pocket flosser picks are the ideal solution for holiday parties, whether you’re hosting or spending a few hours at the office, the neighbors, a family party, or going out with friends. Stash a few in your favorite jacket, purse, or wallet, so you never have to have that less-than-fresh feeling in the midst of a celebration.
- Limit Your Exposure to Key Types of Food
It’s easier said than done, I know, but if you want to avoid dental damage, then you might want to limit your enjoyment of various kinds of foods, or at least know how best to enjoy them without damaging your teeth. These include:
- Sugary Foods: Sugar increases bacterial activity in your mouth, so be prepared to brush often if you have a hankering for sweets.
- Hard Foods: Think candy canes, nuts, and ice. Let the candies and ice melt in your mouth instead of using your teeth to crunch them up. Enjoy the roasted nuts, but don’t overdo it. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but these dense treats can take a toll on your teeth, eroding them and potentially causing cracks or chips.
- Dark Beverages: Red wine, coffee, hot cocoa, and cosmos are all delights of the season, but they can darken your teeth as well. If a whitened smile is important to you, then think before you drink and select light-colored or clear beverages.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum
In addition to giving you a break from snacking and freshening your breath, a stick of gum can inspire your salivary glands to help out cleaning your mouth. Saliva neutralizes acids and helps purge bacteria from your mouth and teeth.
- Nibble Some Cheese
Although it might not be the best choice for your waistline during a period of the year known for fattening treats, noshing on bites of cheese in between sips of acidic beverages like soda and wine can raise the pH level of your mouth and prevent your teeth from suffering acidic enamel damage.
- Stay Hydrated
There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to refill your cup with water in between other types of beverages, but one of these is that water helps clean your mouth of food and bacteria, as well as keeping you feeling your best.
The holiday season doesn’t have to sideline your dental health awareness. By following these tips, you can make sure you enter your new year without the regrets of cavities, stained teeth or dental injury. While you’re thinking about it, contact Park 56 Dentistry to schedule your winter cleanings before and after the holidays, and keep your smile vibrant.
Hey! Yes, you! You matter! Let’s talk about an important way to show your body that you care!
Yep! We’re talking about your dental health and, in turn, your overall wellbeing! Your mouth is there for you to help with communicating, both verbally and non-verbally, breathing, and eating. Your confidence is conveyed through the communications that start from your mouth, including both your teeth and your smile! It is quite difficult to imagine living without a functioning mouth!
Did you know that your oral hygiene and dental health practices impact your entire body? In fact, many health problems, including oral health, are preventable just by intentionally caring for your teeth! So, let’s dive in and see why it is worth your time to invest in your dental health!
- Daily Habits are Healthy Habits
Plaque build-up is a leading cause in gum disease which leads to heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Flossing, brushing, and using antibacterial mouthwash are simple daily habits that can prevent not only cavities but also gum disease and other illnesses.
Check out this fact: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 31.6% of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 currently have untreated cavities AND that 46% of adults over the age of 29 already have gum disease. While this is shocking news, matters are made worse by the fact that this is preventable by employing simple daily oral health routines.
- Your Overall Health
Proper hygiene habits and a nutritious diet benefit not just your teeth and gums but your entire body’s health and wellbeing. Preventing gum disease can lead to reducing the risk of other complications, including heart disease, certain types of cancer, respiratory problems, kidney disease, joint inflammation, and even diabetic complications.
Having healthy daily habits is important AND so is keeping routine dental visits a priority. Just like you go to doctors for other annual check-ups, it is extremely important to visit your dentist every 6 months for routine cleanings, x-rays, and check-ups. Just remember, prevention is WAY easier than treating a problem that does arise! Besides, consistent proper care is FAR more comfortable (and affordable) than treating problems that do arise!
- Your Teeth Are Worth Your Investment
Daily habits, such as flossing, brushing and using mouthwash, most definitely help with caring for your teeth and oral hygiene. It is also very much worth your time and money if you see a dentist regularly, every 6 months, for a full cleaning and exam. Look at this cost and prevention as an investment in critical resources rather than “just another expense” because the pain of dental problems and payment for their repairs can be mostly avoidable.
At Park 56 Dental, we are dedicated to safely and comfortably helping you care for your smile. Our talented staff are compassionate about our services. Contact us today to make an appointment and invest into the quality and caring of and for your smile! So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at (646)679-3989!
Your smile says it all! But what exactly does it say? Dental hygiene is not just important for a great smile, it also contributes to your body’s overall health. Caring for your teeth can decrease risks of gum disease, heart disease, dementia, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Risk prevention is easier than you think if you follow these simple habits to develop healthy hygiene.
Brush Your Teeth 2-3 Times Daily
Using the right toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste will prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth as well as plaque build-up, which can lead to bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Brushing morning and night are common habits, but brushing after each meal may also help with build-up, preventing gum disease and bad breath. It is recommended to brush in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes and cover each section of your mouth so that each tooth has been properly noticed.
In addition to brushing, choosing the right toothbrush is also important. Whether you are choosing an electronic toothbrush or a regular tooth brush, make sure that you are replacing it (or the head, with an electronic toothbrush) every 3 months to reduce the amount of bacteria growing and potentially causing harm.
Be honest! It is easy to answer your dentist or hygienist with a false and emphatic, “Yes!” when asked if you’ve been flossing. However, you know the truth and your body does, too. It is a beneficial habit to floss your teeth daily. This routine cleaning provides even more care for removing food from between your teeth and prohibiting harmful growth of plaque or allowing cavities to form. Bleeding gums when you floss can indicate gingivitis or even a lack of healthy gums but this can improve over time, so stick with it! If flossing is something that your sensitive teeth have difficulty tolerating, try a water pick instead.
Whether you are choosing floss or a water pick, make sure that you are working to dedicate time to developing healthy dental hygiene habits so that your next dental visit can be an honest one!
What More Should You Do?
Other suggestions for healthy oral hygiene include brushing your tongue and even using an antibacterial mouth wash. Tongue scrapers can be purchased and can help with removing bacteria from your tongue and improving your breath. Antibacterial mouth wash can be the final touch to your daily routines and can help remove any bacteria that may have been able to hide from your toothbrush or floss.
Now your daily oral hygiene habits are off to a sparkly, fresh start. What other habits should you let go of?
There are some bad habits that are actually more than just indulgences. What you put into your mouth and body impacts your whole body’s health. So, take care of you and your mouth!
- Limit coffee, tea and coke and drink with a straw to prevent the harmful acids from settling onto your teeth.
- Say NO to tobacco! No smoking or chewing tobacco!
- Eat a nutritious diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken to encourage healthy teeth but also a healthy body overall!
- Limit sugary foods! The harmful bacteria in your mouth gets fuel from sugary foods and drinks. By limiting what you eat you are promoting a healthier mouth.
Now that you are ready to focus on a more complete oral hygiene regiment, make sure that you also schedule dental appointments regularly to assist with preventative care and a positive care plan that will impact your whole body! At Park 56 Dental, we are here to serve you! Give us a call at (646) 679-3989.
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