If you are making New Year’s resolutions, your health is probably one of your top priorities. Even if you aren’t making resolutions, you still want to be as healthy as possible.
And having a healthy smile is good for you physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why we hope we will see you at our Marietta, GA dental office at least a few times in the year ahead.
Whether you are seeking to maintain, improve, or repair your smile, everyone at Atlanta West Dentistry is committed to keeping your smile on track.
Call 770-744-4619 to schedule your next dental appointment with us if you haven’t already done so.
Resolve to Fight Cavities
No matter what your oral health is today, you don’t want it to get worse. Being proactive in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease can help you avoid a variety of potential problems.
This starts with what you do at home daily, and you can do it in as little as five minutes total each day. First and foremost, remember to brush your teeth twice daily. The American Dental Association recommends using toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the surface of your teeth for two minutes each time you brush.
You also should floss or use another interdental cleaner (such as flosser or water flossers) once per day. This is necessary to clean the spaces between your teeth and below your gumline. Those are spots that your toothbrush can’t reach quite as well.
You also should schedule routine dental checkups. Professional cleanings and exams are how we remove plaque and tartar that you may have missed. It also makes it more likely that we will catch cavities and periodontal problems in the early stages. That makes your treatments less expensive, less invasive, and more effective.
Resolve to Share Your Smile More
One way or another, your smile affects your everyday life. If you don’t like your teeth, you may feel compelled to hide them. We’ve had many patients who would hold a hand in front of their mouths whenever they spoke out of fear that someone else would see their teeth. These patients also tried to avoid smiling for the same reason.
When you don’t smile, it also affects how other people perceive you. No one is saying you should be happy every moment of every day, but when you are in a good mood, you shouldn’t be afraid to show it.
Through cosmetic dentistry, you can create the smile that you dream about having. When you see your new smile, you’ll be more likely to share it with the people you love in person and on social media.
From our experience helping countless patients, you are more likely to share your personality, too, when you feel confident about your teeth.
Resolve to Eat a Balanced Diet
We could point you to multiple studies that show how your oral health affects your overall health. One specific way this happens is with what you can — or can’t — eat.
When you have missing or damaged teeth, you may not be able to bite and chew as well as you should. You may compensate for this by avoiding foods that you consider too difficult. This can lead to nutritional issues that affect your overall health, and that can have real long-term consequences.
By taking advantage of our restorative services, including dental crowns and implants, you can rebuild your smile as strong or stronger than its ever been. With your new teeth, you can eat the variety of foods that you need to feel your best.