1. Brush your teeth three times a day and floss at least once daily.
The most important part of tooth care happens at home. Learn correct techniques for brushing and flossing. The dentists and dental hygienists at McCarl Dental Group recommend using an electric toothbrush! Proper brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Visit your dentist and/or oral hygienist every six months or more often when needed.
2. Quit smoking!
Smoking is major culprit when it comes to gum disease. Smoking damages the small blood vessels in your gums and decreases blood supply that carries healthy nutrients to your gum tissue. Smoking also darkens your teeth. It is not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking!
3. Switch to healthy snacks that include raw fruits and vegetables.
Sugary foods and sodas can damage the enamel that protects your teeth. Hard candies, breath mints and cough drops that contain sugar dissolve slowly in your mouth and are especially harmful to your teeth. Acidic drinks can also eat away at the enamel layer of your teeth.
4. Stop grinding your teeth!
Clenching and grinding wear down teeth and may lead to headaches, pain in your jaw muscle and temporomandibular joint. In just a few minutes at our dental office, we can make a custom night guard for you that will help prevent damage to your teeth caused by nighttime grinding and ease the tension in your jaw muscles.
5. Never use your teeth as tools!
Many of our patients who need to be seen for a dental emergency have broken or chipped a tooth when using their teeth as scissors, pliers or fingernail clippers. For more information on this topic please read the McCarl Dental Blog DENTAL EMERGENCY TREATMENT FOR BROKEN TEETH https://www.mccarldental.com/blog/dental-emergency-treatment/
Happy New Year from McCarl Dental Group! Thanks for voting us best dentists in the Annapolis Capital Reader’s Choice Survey. McCarl dentists have been serving dental patients in Greenbelt, Severna Park Annapolis and Millersville, Maryland for more than 73 years!