Great oral care can help you keep your smile healthy for life. And it isn’t as hard as you think! If you’re looking for some simple ways to improve your dental—and overall—wellness in the coming year, here are some resolution ideas from our Santa Rosa CA dentist:
It’s no secret. Hardly anyone loves flossing. But cleaning between your teeth every day is crucial to combatting cavities and gum disease.
Consider getting a water flosser for your shower. That way you’ll remember to use it every time you bathe and it won’t make a mess!
Another thing you can try is buying floss picks and keeping them in your car. Use them once a day while you’re driving around.
Nothing replaces tooth brushing and flossing, but if you can rinse your mouth out with water right after a meal, you’ll instantly cut down on:
Even if you’re sipping or snacking on something midafternoon, try to go rinse your mouth with tap water afterward. The key is to limit the contact time that food or drinks have with your teeth.
The earlier you treat cavities, the smaller (and more affordable) your restoration will be. Early intervention preserves the most tooth structure possible. Plan to get your filling quickly, even if your tooth isn’t sensitive.
Anytime you drink anything other than water, consider using a straw. This habit will allow liquids to skip right past your top front teeth to keep your smile bright. It will also help cut back on cavities in your “smile zone.” Our Santa Rosa cosmetic dentist recommends using a straw if you’ve recently whitened your teeth or have tooth-colored restorations like bonding and veneers.
Investing in a better toothbrush will get your teeth cleaner without any extra effort on your part. High-grade electric brushes with soft bristles are perfect for removing heavy plaque and massaging your gums. Remember to set up an auto-order on replaceable toothbrush heads every 3-4 months. Or order them ahead of time and set change-out dates on your calendar.
It’s easiest to stay on schedule by booking your checkups and cleanings six months out. If you’re at our dental office for a visit, go ahead and reserve your next preventative care appointment. That way time won’t get away from you or things slip your mind until you’re already a few months behind.
Has it already been six months (or longer) since your last checkup? Call our team today to schedule!
Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County, and with over 20 years of experience, his implant center maintains a standard of excellence using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions.
Dr. Sutton completed his postgraduate studies at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and received his doctorate, three years of experience as a clinical instructor, and the coveted “Clinical Excellence Award” from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997. He also earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics and studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group.
Dr. Sutton continues to take four times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sutton is also a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.