Dr. Smith Says Keep Your Smile Happy and Healthy
WebMD Tips For a Healthy Smile
At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we focus on a preventative approach to dental care. We want to educate our patients about proper at-home oral hygiene and encourage regular dentist office visits to keep those your smile healthy and pain-free. By following a few simple tips, we know you can be on the road to healthier, happier smile and a healthier, happier you! Read more from WebMD on their “Top Tips for Beautiful Teeth and Gums” and how Dental Health and Wellness Boston can help!
Ax the Dental Visit Anxiety
If being in the dentist’s chair makes you anxious, encourage calm by bringing a music player and headphones to your next appointment. And because some people hold their breath when they’re nervous, boosting that anxious feeling so focus on breathing regularly. Above all, communicate with your dentist. They understand your fears and want to help.
At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we offer a range of in-office amenities including iPods to use during your visit. We also offer sedation dentistry in the form of oral conscious sedation, relaxation techniques and nitrous oxide to alleviate stress and make your visit as comfortable as possible. We thoroughly discuss each dental procedure with our patients ahead of time and take the time to learn about your personal dental history and medical background to ensure an easy visit.
Floss First or Brush First?
Flossing first helps make brushing your teeth more effective by removing food that gets trapped between teeth. If handling floss flusters you, look for floss holders at the drugstore. When it’s time to brush, be sure to angle bristles 45-degree at the gum line, then brush gently, moving the brush back and forth.
Our hygienists are trained in the latest procedures and diagnostic techniques to keep your teeth healthy over your lifetime. In addition to brushing and flossing techniques and nutritional counseling, they can discuss which fluoride and remineralizing products are right for you.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrush bristles fray, flatten, and wear over time. To help keep your smile bright, replace your manual toothbrush every three or four months; for electric toothbrush heads, follow the manufacturer’s advice. Feeling sick? Avoid harboring germs by replacing your toothbrush at the beginning and end of your illness.
The effective Rotadent Power Toothbrush is available for purchase at our Boston dental practice. Powerbrushes are highly effective at cleaning your teeth without apply too much pressure which can cause gum damage and Rotadent comes highly recommended by our hygienists.
Stop Stains With Baking Soda
If your love of coffee, red wine, or other tooth-staining food and drink is leaving your pearly whites dim, try brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month, just like you would toothpaste, then rinse away to help brighten your smile. If plain baking soda irritates your teeth or gums, you may want to try a toothpaste that contains baking soda or avoid it completely.
Dental Herb Company products including toothpastes and rinses can also be purchased at Dental Health and Wellness Boston. Combining natural ingredients with benefits of teeth whitening, these products are ideal for at-home stain removal. If you are looking for a more permanent whitening treatment, we offer both Britesmile and KoR Deep Bleaching as in-office treatments.
Regulate Your Acid Reflux
If you have acid reflux, you’ll want to get it under control to help preserve tooth enamel and oral health. Common foods and drinks that trigger reflux include chocolate; alcohol; caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee, and tea; garlic and onions; dairy; tomatoes; citrus fruits; mint; and spicy, fatty, or fried foods.
We regularly work with patients suffering from acid reflux. We can determine the best restorative treatment option for you to rejuvenate both the health and appearance of your smile.
Medication Can Cause Dry Mouth
Your mouth needs saliva to stay healthy, but hundreds of medications, like antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, and antihistamines, can dry up saliva. Medication is the most common cause of dry mouth. To help keep your mouth moist, increase your fluid intake, ask your dentist about an artificial saliva product, or chew sugarless gum after a meal.
During your initial visit we take the time to understand your lifestyle, analyze your nutritional habits and assess any current medical conditions. By learning about medications early, we can effectively create a dental treatment plan to ensure a healthy smile for your lifetime.
Don’t let another day go by without getting the best dental care you can from your Boston dentist! Schedule a free consultation today with Dental Health and Wellness Boston and experience a truly integrated approach to dentistry.