• December 10, 2016
Young Female Patient Receiving a Dental Cleaning for Healthy Gums

As we approach the end of the year, it is a great time for reflection. What have we done well in 2016? What do we hope to do better in 2017. As far as oral health goes, there is always room for improvement. That’s why, in today’s blog post we want to talk about preventive dentistry and proper teeth care all year long.

So, please keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our Shorewood, IL dental team to schedule your next visit.

Stay Away From Foods With Hidden Sugar

Increasing your risk for cavities and gum disease by feeding dangerous oral bacteria with sugar, won’t be much fun for anyone. So, don’t do it! Easier said than done, right? In addition to the usual suspects, there’s actually a lot of sugar in foods you may not expect. This includes yogurt, ketchup, salad dressing, and granola bars.

Don’t Make Fruit Juice And Soda Pop Your Go-To Beverages

Drinks that are loaded with sugar are therefore bad for your teeth. Many folks don’t realize that sports drinks and fruit juices can have just as much sugar as regular soda pop. That’s why such drinks should never be the go-to beverage at meal time.

Include Mouthguards For Active Lifestyles

Sports like football are exciting to watch and fun for kids to play. But in order to avoid the need for emergency treatment and dental implants later on, always utilize a mouthguard.

Home Hygiene Is Huge

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing should be a part of proper teeth care daily, no matter how busy you are. These things are the least you can do for your smile! So much can happen in the months between dental checkups, that you won’t want to get lax with your efforts.

Schedule Dental Appointments Every 3-6 Months

Preventive dentistry begins at home, but that really is only the beginning! Even if you are serious about your hygiene, only oral healthcare professionals have the specialized training and tools needed to keep your mouth free of disease and decay.

What’s more, early detection is usually the key to helping keep any dental problems manageable or eliminating them altogether. You’d much rather know about something before it turns into a more painful and costly mess to clean up, right?

When you are here every six months, we will be able to give your teeth and gums a thorough exam. This includes digital imaging of your teeth, and working with you to create a preventive dentistry plan that will keep your family healthy and happy for many years to come. From the moment you walk in our door, you’ll feel welcomed by our staff. Our caring and understanding front office staff are highly skilled at balancing our calendars and yours. As such, we’re sure to be able to find a time that will work for your schedule!

Don’t Delay, Start Today!

If you have questions about your ongoing care, becoming a patient, or anything related to your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us online, or you can reach us by phone at 815-725-5991!