Greetings from San Antonio!
Our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates is excited about World Oral Health Day, which is only two days away!
This is an annual global effort to raise awareness about how people can improve their oral health and maintain a strong, lasting, beautiful smile.
We’re doing our part with today’s blog by sharing three qualities all healthy mouths have in common and how you can count yours as a great smile among many across the world!
*Healthy Dental Habits*
Inside your mouth, every single day, bad bacteria is waiting to assault your teeth and gums.
But you think brushing twice a day and flossing once a day cancels the threat, right?
It does counteract much of what harmful bacteria is trying to do to your teeth and gums, yes, but there’s more to it than that.
For example, it’s not enough to brush twice a day. Your tools and technique matter, too.
You should be using a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride, according to the American Dental Association.
And in the morning and at night while you do this, you need to commit to the two-minute rule each time.
Along with that, flossing is necessary every single day. That’s because anything your toothbrush misses, like bits of food and sugary residue, is simply more fuel for the bad bacteria we mentioned earlier.
If you let that debris stay stuck between your teeth and around your gumline, bacteria will feed on it and create harmful acids that eat away at your enamel.
Okay, so you’ll approach daily oral hygiene with a bit more diligence from now on.
But you need our help, too.
Routine dental cleanings and exams with our San Antonio specialists is the only way you can remove any tartar that’s built up and hardened inside your mouth.
Combining these to healthy dental habits to prevent decay and gum disease is essential to a bright smile and strong teeth.
For an attractive, healthy smile, you have to be kind to your body. Here are two areas where we can help you:
One of the reasons we offer nutritional counseling in our San Antonio dental office is because too many patients struggle with their oral health and don’t realize they’re not fueling their bodies properly.
All the brushing and flossing in the world can’t fight off gum disease if your diet consists of sugary, highly-processed, highly-acidic foods and drinks.
We can sit down with you to talk about your daily diet and carve out a plan to give your body what it needs to keep your teeth strong, your gums healthy, and your immune system all working in tandem for a great smile.
Life pulls us in so many directions these days. It’s no wonder so many of us seem to be running on fumes most of the time.
Recent years have seen a huge trend in our use of technology. We’re carrying around the entire world in the palm of our hands thanks to the smartphone, which means we’re constantly connected.
While there are certainly benefits to that, it makes it more and more challenging to shut our minds off at the end of the day. This inevitably affects our ability to sleep well.
We also see many patients who are afflicted with sleep apnea, which only aggravates your body’s important systems and their ability to work the way they should.
If you’re fighting exhaustion, poor concentration, and irritability, visit us for a sleep evaluation so we can determine if sleep apnea is threatening your nightly rest and your overall health.
Wouldn’t healthy dental habits mean that you have healthy teeth?
Not necessarily. Well, not on their own, at least.
What we mean is that daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office are an important part of good oral health.
But if you ever run into a problem with your gums or a tooth that’s giving you trouble, making sure you get the restorative treatment you need as soon as possible will keep you on track.
Many people will put off treatment until their schedule opens up a bit, or they might try to convince themselves it’s no big deal.
This approach takes all your daily efforts and throws them out the window because dental problems only get worse if ignored.
That’s why Dr. Moore and our team do all we can to create an atmosphere that’s warm and comfortable so you always feel safe and relaxed in our care.
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Maybe we left out one more quality every healthy mouth has in common.
Behind every healthy mouth is a highly-qualified dentist.
That means your dentist has extensive training and experience, great skill, effective leadership, and a commitment to staying on the cutting edge of dental technology.
You’ll find of these characteristics in Dr. Moore and our staff at Cosmetic Dental Associates. Our combined experience, knowledge, and warmth, along with our modern dental office in San Antonio, TX, all work to serve you and your needs.