It’s never to late to start bettering yourself, especially when it comes to your health. When it comes down to it, there’s nothing better to focus on first. You may want to earn more at your job or provide more for your family, but before you can do any of that, you need to be physically capable. Additionally, you can set an example for those in your family, especially if you have children who are seeing their primary teeth erupting.
When it comes to self-care, an easy place to start is your oral health. The first step you can take is scheduling your next dental exam with your dentist in Sacramento.
Your Dentist Provides Professional Exams and Cleanings
While you may think your at-home oral care routine is enough, it doesn’t match the quality your dentist can provide. With their, tools, materials, and highly-trained expertise in dentistry, your dentist works to remove hardened plaque known as tartar and provide necessary tips to improve your oral regimen.
Furthermore, they can answer questions you have about your symptoms you may be having that indicate a bigger problem. For example, if you suffer from bruxism, or chronic teeth-grinding while sleeping, they can offer a nightguard that protects your tooth enamel. It’s preventive care like this that only a dental visit can remedy.
They Also Catch Early Signs of Disease
During your dental exam, your dentist is looking for more than just plaque and gum disease. Since they care about your overall systemic health and not just your oral health, they’ve made the effort to look for other early signs of disease. A good example of this is oral cancer, a disease that tens of thousands of American adults are diagnosed with every year.
What’s startling is a quarter of those patients diagnosed were nonsmokers. Luckily, if caught early enough, there is treatment available with a much higher success rate compared to oral cancer caught later. Thanks to advanced technology utilized by your dentist in Sacramento, their dental team can catch abnormal or potentially dangerous cancerous tissues invisible to the naked eye. Try finding an at-home oral care routine that can match that!
Practicing Oral Care Between Visits
In between visits, your best defense against oral disease is brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing once a day. Just like your resolution to see your dentist, you should make it a resolution to turn these tips into habits.
Make it a habit to brush for at least two minutes a day as recommended by the American Dental Association. The most common mistake people make is not brushing enough or using a poor technique that doesn’t target the four corners of the mouth. Dedicated 30 seconds to each quarter to keep better track during your routine.
By this time next year, you’ll have a routine so perfected your dentist in Sacramento will be incredibly proud. Schedule your next appointment with them today!
About the Author
Dr. Scott Grivas spent 8 years working in the medical field as a nurse before pursuing his career in dentistry. He eventually went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and has been practicing for over a decade since. To learn more about preventive tips and treatments, contact him at (916) 929-9222 or visit his website.