Later this month, we will gather with our loved ones to reflect on the things for which we are thankful.
We know one of the things we appreciate is all the delicious food we get to eat on Thanksgiving day. That’s always easier to do when you have a healthy smile … which is something else we hope you can be grateful for this holiday season.
With that in mind we want to discuss some of the ways our team in Crown Point, IN can help you and the people you love keep smiling during the upcoming holidays this year and for many years to come.
▶ Stay Clean
The best thing you can do for your smile is to make preventive care a priority. The good news is that you already know the basics:
• Brush your teeth — More specifically, brush them twice daily for two minutes at a time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Don’t forget to clean your teeth on all sides.
• Floss between your teeth and gums — As great as brushing your teeth is for your oral health, it’s not the best way to clean between your teeth. Using dental floss, flossers, or a water flosser can get rid of bacteria, plaque buildup, and food particles your toothbrush can’t reach.
• Get regular dental cleanings and exams — No matter how well you brush and floss, no one is perfect. A professional cleaning and exam can remove plaque and tartar buildup. It also gives us a chance to catch those problems in the early stages before they get out of hand.
You can also take things a step further with two other services. Dental sealants are a coating that protects your teeth from harmful bacteria. Fluoride treatments can make your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay.
▶ Straighten Up
Many people see orthodontic treatment as a cosmetic service, but there is actually more to it than that.
Having straight teeth will give you an amazing smile. At the same time, straightening your teeth can be good for your oral health as well.
If nothing else, it’s easier to brush and floss when your teeth are straight. Crooked and crowded teeth can interfere with your teeth cleaning. They also can allow bacteria to hide from your toothbrush.
If you have issues with your bite, then you can experience wear and tear on your teeth as well. By correcting your bite, you can help prevent unnecessary damage to your enamel.
▶ Protect Your Pearly Whites
Athletic mouthguards aren’t just for boxers and football players. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend wearing a mouthguard for any high-impact sport.
That’s any sport that includes running, jumping, throwing or catching things, and/or physical contact. The best protection comes from custom-fitted mouthguards, which we can make for you at our office.
Take Advantage Of Good Dental Care
At Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, we have been helping patients in and around Crown Point, IN for years. Let us help you keep smiling, too.