Oral Health Best Practices
Taking care of your teeth is a basic necessity. Whether you use a water pick in the suburbs or a whittled twig out in the wilderness, good dental and oral health not only prevents tooth problems, infections, and pain, but also affects your overall health, too. So how can you develop good oral health habits for life? It breaks down into two groups of activities: what you do when you brush and floss, and what you do the rest of the day. We’ll start with the second one.
Throughout the Day
Dental care is what you do all day long!
What you eat affects your mouth and teeth. Avoid sugary drinks, sticky sweet snacks, and seriously acidic foods. Cut snacks in general so that you can brush and then have clean teeth for more than a couple of hours. Crunchy foods like apples and carrots can help clean your teeth, and so can drinking water.
Wear a mouth guard for sports that may involve rough contact. Don’t chew on ice cubes. When my children grew out of the toddler stage but still felt the need to chew because of teeth coming in, I gave them drinking straws to chew on. That cut down on snacks, too, because sometimes they weren’t hungry, they just needed to chew on something.
Attend those semi-annual dental check-ups. This catches dental problems before they become bigger and more painful.
While Brushing and Flossing
Brush and floss properly, twice a day, and more often if you have braces or other dental health considerations. The most important brushing/flossing time is at the end of the day. That cleans your mouth after the day’s meals so that you aren’t fighting bacteria while asleep. Have a healthy smile!
For more information on oral health and how to maintain healthy dental habits, contact Woodland Hills Dentist today. 818 225 9410
Dental Checkup Woodland Hills, CA
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we invite you to schedule your dental check-up with Woodland Hills Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. At our Woodland Hills dental office, we treat patients of all ages and are focused on improving the health and appearance of our patients’ smiles. We understand that not everyone is excited about dental care and that due to busy schedules, a lack of insurance, or general forgetfulness, a lot of people don’t visit the dentist with any regularity. If that’s you – don’t worry. You are not alone. According to USA today, 34 percent of Americans don’t visit the dentist on an annual basis. While this is a large group of people, not having a dental check-up can place you at risk for a variety of health issues. We encourage you to take an hour out of your day for the benefit of your oral health and your future quality of life. To get started, all you need to do is call (818) 225-9410 and schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff won’t judge you for your lack of prior dental care but will be happy to get you up to speed again.
Why You Need One
There is a direct link between visiting the dentist and keeping your natural teeth. If you want to ensure that you have a full mouth of health teeth – visit the dentist. Gallup released a study in 2014 that found the states with the highest percentage of dental visits also had the lowest percentage of adult tooth loss. For example, in Connecticut 74 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and their rate of adult tooth loss was only 9 percent. On the other hand, in West Virginia only 57 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and 37 percent of adults have complete tooth loss. The correlation is clear and should prompt you to give us a call. If you do lose your teeth, we can help by providing you with replacements in the form of dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Still, there is no need for you to experience significant tooth loss when you visit our office regularly for preventative care. Saving your teeth, after all, is less time-consuming and less expensive.
Another reason to schedule a dental check-up is to make sure that you don’t experience a toothache or infection. We treat patients throughout the 91364 area and find that toothaches can create enough discomfort to cause people to miss work. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 164 million work hours are lost each and every year due to dental related health issues. If you are like many of our Scottsdale patients that don’t feel they have time for the dentist, you definitely need to schedule a dental check-up. Failing to do so could result in a more serious health condition forming and the need to take time off of work. After all, without preventative dental care, you are at a greater risk for tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
What Happens at Your Dental Check-Up
At Woodland Hills Dentistry, we are a gentle dentist and will complete your dental check-up in a way that is comfortable and relaxing. We understand that some people don’t visit the dentist because they have a dental phobia or are concerned that something may be wrong. If this is the case, and you do have a cavity, we will treat your tooth gently and carefully so that your health issues can be addressed without causing you any further irritation.
We invite you to call (818) 225-9410 and schedule your dental check-up right away. When you come in, we will escort you to the examination room where you will be given a drape and goggles to wear. Next, we will take images of your teeth and gums to see if there are any infections or decay that are under the surface. We will also perform a visual inspection of your gums and each one of your teeth. During this time, we will also be looking for signs of infection, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. If we identify any of these issues, we will discuss treatment options with you and may even be able to treat minor cavities that day. Before starting any procedures we will discuss them in detail to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. We will also clean your teeth before you go to ensure that you don’t have any lingering plaque or bacteria on your teeth or gums. When you visit our Woodland Hills, CA dental office, you can expect the highest quality of care and that your dental check-up will be completed efficiently and gently.
The Benefits of Coming in Now
At Woodland Hills Dentistry, we want you to visit our 91364 dentist office at the first sign of discomfort. If you have even a slight toothache or irritation in your gums, you should schedule a dental exam. If there is a problem, we can correct it immediately, rather than allowing it to grow and spread. In many cases, we can help you to avoid experiencing any significant discomfort by simply removing the decayed area while it is still small. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a dental emergency as an untreated cavity spreads. Fortunately, we make it easy to schedule a dental check-up with our Woodland Hills dentist office. All you need to do is call (818) 225-9410 to schedule an appointment. We will work within your schedule to ensure that you receive the care you need, exactly when you need it.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Dental Care
While we understand that many people wait to seek dental care due to anxiety, time, or finances, we do not recommend it. Instead, we suggest that you schedule a dental exam now, even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort. Doing so will allow us to remove any plaque or bacteria that has built up on your teeth, ensure that you don’t have any cavities that are forming and prevent you from experiencing gum disease. Our goal is to treat you before you have any health issues, and a dental check-up is designed to allow us to do so. If you live in the 91364 area, it doesn’t matter why you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. We welcome you to come back in so that we can protect and improve your oral health.