A beautiful, straight smile is something that we would like to keep for a lifetime, but without regular visits to your dentist and proper care at home, your smile may not last as long as you would like it to. Oregon cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sue Wendling and her dentistry staff, can provide you the excellent care and maintenance that your teeth deserve. We have compiled a list of suggestions of how you can keep your smile for life.
- Frequent checkups and cleanings. The 6 month interval between cleanings that insurance companies generally pay for is the result of a toothpaste commercial in the 1950's. It ended with, "and see your dentist twice a year". In truth, for the majority of people over the age of 35, the bacteria that cause gum disease rise to dangerous levels in only 3-4 months.
- Limit sweets and acidic foods. Don't just watch out for sugars. Read labels and avoid citric acid. If you must indulge, the amount of sugar or acid isn't as important as how long it is in contact with your teeth. So, don't sip on that soda for several hours. And, after consuming harmful foods pop a stick of Trident Extra Care into your mouth and chew it for a few minutes. It really does have an ingredient in it that remineralizes teeth.
- Floss. I know you get sick of hearing it, but I have never in my career seen a person that flosses daily lose a tooth to gum disease.
- Remove mercury silver fillings. Here the facts. Teeth filled with mercury silver fillings lose up to 85% of their strength. Teeth restored with bonded restorations are nearly as strong as unfilled teeth.
- Get a nightguard/orthotic and wear it. The majority of adults clench or grind their teeth. A nightguard can prevent tooth wear, gum recession, tooth fractures and TMJ problems.
- Straighten misaligned teeth. This can prevent abnormal tooth wear, gum recession, tooth fractures and periodontal disease.
- Replace missing teeth. Your teeth are like gears on a bicycle or bricks in a building. Each one is essential for optimal function.
- Early correction of dental problems. This has become known as "minimally invasive dentistry". Taking care of dental problems as soon as they arise can prevent pain and tooth loss, and save time and money.
- Maintain good general health. Everything from stress to poorly controlled diabetes can affect the condition of your teeth and gums.
- Consider an electric toothbrush and change the brush head frequently. There IS a difference.
If you would like to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy, please contact our Portland cosmetic dentist at Wendling Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry today to schedule your initial smile makeover consultation.