Ready to take your smile to the next level in 2020? Our Mill Valley dentists can help! Today, we are reviewing some healthy first steps that you can in order to make this year your smile’s best year yet.
Get a Fresh Start
New year, new tools! Take this opportunity to swap out any old toothbrushes for new ones. Many people are surprised to learn that toothbrushes become less effective after three or four months of use. Daily use causes the bristles to fray and wear down. Plus, older brushes may actually house harmful oral bacteria.
When you are purchasing a toothbrush, try to get the softest bristle strength you can without sacrificing cleaning quality. Also, pick a brush that has a small enough brush head to reach your molars and the surrounding gum tissue.
Make a Plan for 2020
Give our dental team a call to schedule your semiannual cleanings for the year. According to the American Dental Association, dental patients should complete professional cleanings every six months or so. These appointments are crucial for keeping plaque and tartar build-up to a minimum. We know that it is all too easy to fall behind and forget about these appointments, so schedule them now while you are thinking about it!
Develop New Healthy Habits
Adopt some new habits that will support optimal oral health in 2020. It all starts with drinking enough water; keep a water bottle in reach so that you are able to refresh your smile continuously throughout the day. Another healthy habit to develop is rinsing your mouth after you eat and after you drink anything other than water. By rinsing thoroughly, you jump-start saliva production and you minimize the amount of time that sugary and acidic substances are active in your mouth.
If you have questions about caring for your smile, or if you would like to schedule a personal consultation with our Mill Valley dental team, give our office a call!