New Year, New You, New Smile

We all know everyone loves to set goals during the beginning of the year, fitness goals, health goals, career goals etc. As a dental office, we hardly hear resolutions to improve oral hygiene! While some resolutions fizzle out after a few months or days some are a great way to improve a person’s life. Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health

Here at Frank C. Raymer DDS we want to help you achieve a healthy beautiful smile, which is why we offer a comprehensive selection of general treatments. We’ve put together a list of services we offer and why it is done.

Improving your daily habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health, simple tasks like tooth brushing and flossing is a sure way of improving your overall oral health. It is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft –bristle manual or electric tooth brush with fluoridated toothpaste for successful plaque removal. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that was accumulated throughout the day. Daily tooth brushing and flossing can help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and halitosis (bad breath). Daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants, or fillings. Completing these type of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place at least every 6 months to allow Dr. Raymer and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.

 

As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are a few conditions to be aware of:

Gum Disease: if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tarter can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral Cancer: About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue, or throat area and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine check-up.

Dental Fillings: Fillings have a life expectancy of eight to ten years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.

Establishing an oral health routine is important for a healthy mouth. If you’re interested in attaining your new smile for the New Year, we encourage you to come visit us sometime! To schedule an appointment with us, you can fill out our online appointment request form or you can give us a call at (949)551-2606.

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