Improve Your Smile This Year With Help From Our Santa Monica Dentist

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2020-01-14

If improving your smile is part of your new year’s resolutions, our Santa Monica dentist is here to help! This article is all about simple steps that you can take, starting today, to prioritize your oral health.

Start Fresh

Kick off the new year with a clean slate by replacing your old toothbrush and any other relevant dental tools. Toothbrushes become less effective after three or four months of use, because the bristles fray and wear down. Additionally, old brush bristles can harbor harmful bacteria. Choose a new toothbrush that works for you by making sure the brush head is small enough to reach your molars, and that the bristles are not too abrasive for your smile.

Schedule Important Treatments

If you have been putting off dental treatment of any kind—preventive, restorative, or cosmetic—now is the time to schedule your appointments. And, remember, the American Dental Association recommends that both pediatric and adult patients complete professional cleanings and assessments every six months or so. By getting these appointments on the books now, you’ll ensure that you stay on track in 2020.

Improve Your Routine With Healthy Habits

Support your oral health by integrating some new healthy habits into your daily life. Try keeping a water bottle on hand, so that you are sure to drink enough water during the day: this is crucial for saliva production. Get into the habit of rinsing your smile after you eat or drink something other than water: this helps to clear away dental debris and minimize bacteria growth. Don’t use pointy metal or wooden toothpicks, as these can damage your oral tissues. Instead, clean between your teeth with floss.

If you would like more information about steps you can take to protect your smile, give our Santa Monica dentists a call to get started!