Taking better care of your smile and finally improving those blemishes that affect it are common New Year’s resolutions. They’re also important ones – your smile isn’t just the centerpiece of your face, but also a gateway into your overall wellbeing. At our Celina, TX, dental office, keeping your smile healthy isn’t just a resolution, it’s our main goal. So, today, we offer a few tips for sticking to your goal of making the most of yours.
Sticking to what you know
You already know that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once are the cornerstones of a healthy smile. Now, you must make sure that you stick to that routine every day, without fail. Also, pay close attention to carefully brush away every trace of plaque and food from every surface of your teeth. This will stop the bacteria in plaque from becoming strong enough to compromise your teeth (tooth decay) or gums (gum disease).
How you know it’s working
You’ll know that your dental hygiene routine is working when you reach the end of the year and your smile is still healthy. Before then, though, you can be sure by attending a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, or as often as recommended. Your dentist will thorough examine your teeth and gums to check that they’re clean and that no issues have started to develop. Your hygienist can professionally clean your teeth to remove tartar (calcified plaque) that you can’t remove at home.
Get a helping hand
Besides checking and cleaning your teeth, your dentist will also help you address any concerns that your examination reveals. For instance, if your tooth enamel is weak because of previously inadequate hygiene practices, or if you already exhibit signs of tooth decay or gum disease, then treating the issue as soon as possible will be necessary for preserving your healthy smile.
Keep your smile healthy this year
It’s only the start of the year, but it’s the perfect time to ensure that you’re keeping up with your resolution to enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile. If you’d like to learn more, then schedule an appointment with us by calling Nielsen Dental Studio in Celina, TX today at (214) 851-4440.