At our Billings, MT dentist’s office, we take a comprehensive approach to keeping your mouth clean and your smile looking great at every stage of life. Keep reading to hear some of Dr. Stuart’s tips, and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next appointment!
Avoid Foods With Hidden Sugar
It is no secret that sugar lurks in junk food such as all that Valentine’s Day candy on the supermarket shelves this month. While it may be a treat to consume such stuff, increasing your risk for cavities and gum disease by feeding sugar to the dangerous oral bacteria already in your mouth, won’t be much fun for anyone in the end. Besides 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. So, be on the lookout for what is really in the foods you are eating!
Drink Fruit Juice And Soda Sparingly
We all know that certain carbonated beverages are loaded with sugar and are therefore bad for our teeth. However, most 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. Having a nice fluoride-fortified glass of water is the preferred path.
Always Wear Mouthguards When Playing Sports
It is almost time for spring training. While baseball is exciting to watch and fun for kids to play, it (along with all the other active sports) can be bad for your smile. But just remember, a mouthguard can help prevent a lot of pain and expense. It is a small price to pay now to avoid the need for emergency treatment, dental implants, and so forth later on. Be sure to ask us for recommendations the next time you are here.
Take Care Of Your Teeth And Gums At Home
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing should be a part of your daily routine, no matter what! These things are the least you can do for your smile! Make sure you are setting a good example if you have kids in the house.
Schedule Appointments At Legacy Smiles Every Six Months
We like to say that preventive dentistry begins at home…but it doesn’t end there! Even if you are on top of your home hygiene, only dental professionals have the specialized training and tools needed to keep gum disease and tooth decay from eventually taking over your mouth.
Early detection is the key to helping keep 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? This is especially true when it comes to oral cancer!
When you are here, Dr. Stuart will give your teeth and gums a thorough exam, including digital X-rays, and he will work with you to create a preventive dentistry plan that will keep your family healthy and happy all year long. Doesn’t that sound like a good plan?
Let’s Do This!
To hear more about what we can do to keep you smiling, or to set-up your next professional teeth cleaning and dental exam in Billings, MT, contact Legacy Smiles right away!