We’d love to see your smiling face in one of our dental chairs this summer. You would love that too, because our Mobile-area dental practice can keep you smiling BIG with our preventive dentistry program. To that end, today we decided to share some tips for keeping your teeth and gums in shape, while you are enjoying being in vacation mode. Please keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment at Alabama Family Dentistry!
Drink Water All Day Long
You probably already know that drinking water does your whole body a lot of good. Hydration is especially key in these summer months. But beyond the overall health benefits, water can also help keep your breath from becoming offensive by allowing you to produce enough saliva to fight off the bad-breath-causing bacteria.
Don’t Be Tempted By Sugary Sodas & Snacks
We know that you can’t be perfect all the time. Just be mindful of what you put into your mouth this summer. A cold bottle of pop or an icy popsicle might hit the spot but it won’t be much good for your smile in the long run because all that sugar will feed the bacteria that brings about cavities. No one wants to deal with fillings in the fall! Try to limit your intake of such things and you’ll be glad you did.
Brush Those Pearly Whites
Although your schedule–or at any rate your attitude–might be more relaxed, you should still be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes or more, at least twice each day. That’s what the American Dental Association says, and we concur. This will keep decay and disease in check, and it will leave your mouth feeling fresh.
Don’t Forget To Floss
Dr. Whatley can tell you that brushing is a great place to start but it is never going to be enough for the struggle in your mouth. To go after the plaque and tartar that remains between your teeth and in other hard to see areas, dental floss is the weapon you’ll need. Do it at least once each day all summer and beyond.
Rinse With A Fluoride Mouthwash
Take a look around, there are some great fluoride mouthwashes on the market that can bring added oral health benefits. It is a nice way to finish off your routine. Just be sure to read the labels for age-appropriateness.
Visit Dr. Whatley
Our team will be here to help keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great. You will find that our professional teeth cleanings can take care of any bacteria, tartar, or plaque that is lurking in your mouth just waiting to cause problems. Remember, we have the sort of cleaning tools you just won’t find in your medicine cabinet.
Plus, our thorough oral exams will give you a clearer picture of what is going on in with your teeth and gums at that particular moment. If you are looking for further preventive measures, we can provide even more prevention through fluoride treatments and sealants for children and grown-ups alike.
We Can Save Your Smile This Summer!
We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about preventive dentistry! To make your next appointment with Dr. Whatley, just call our Mobile, AL dental office at 251-241-0890!