We all have good intentions when we make our New Year's resolutions, but carrying through with them is another matter entirely. But in some cases, as in your oral health, turning over a new leaf has enormous benefits, and it’s these resolutions you want to try hard to keep.

The Dallas, TX dentist wants you to enjoy the healthiest possible smile, so we are sharing a few resolutions you can make that benefit your oral health.

Schedule a Dental Appointment: If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, don’t feel like you’re alone! The American Dental Association (ADA) says that about a third of people in the US don’t keep routine appointments.

So even if your teeth look and feel okay, set a reminder on your phone or calendar for January 2 and make your appointment.Most dentists send out reminder cards a week prior or call a day before your appointment; check that yours does.

Commit to Flossing: Brushing your teeth twice a day isn't enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you're not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.

If your flossing skills have gotten rusty, ask your hygienist to show you the proper steps so you can be sure you are getting the most out of your efforts.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake: Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your teeth, and cutting back can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay. You should reduce the number of sugary treats you buy, and make simple swaps like drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum if you have a sweet craving.

Choose Mouth-Healthy Foods: Resolve to add foods to your diet that support good oral health. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that can stimulate saliva flow and scrub away plaque and other food bits.

Call Us for Helpful Advice!

We applaud your efforts for a healthier smile and will support you in every way possible. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Dallas, TX dentist to arrange an appointment!

One of the most amazing innovations in modern dentistry is dental implants. It is estimated that over three million people have had their lives changed by dental implants. Dental implants have a proven success rate of 98%, which is why they are the gold standard for tooth replacement today.

But many people still don't have a full understanding of implants and what they can do, so here are a few helpful things to know about this innovative tooth replacement:

Dental implants are comprised of three parts. First, the implant itself, which is a replacement root made up of a tiny titanium post that’s surgically placed into your jawbone and allowed to heal. After the site has healed, our Dallas, TX dentist will attach an attachment piece to the implant called the abutment. Finally, a restoration like crown, bridge, or denture will be attached to restore function and esthetics.

Dental implants are permanent. A dental implant is like a natural tooth root, but better. The implant itself becomes a permanent part of your anatomy because the titanium post is absorbed by the jawbone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. While the restoration may need to be replaced at some point, the implant’s not going anywhere!

Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures. The most common complaint among denture wearers is the embarrassment and discomfort caused by slipping and movement. Dental implants are the perfect solution because they hold the denture securely in place. The Dallas, TX dentist will place implants at certain points along the jaw, and a denture with corresponding attachments snaps onto the implant. The result is a permanent solution for uncomfortable dentures!

Call Us to Learn More

Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the ways they can improve your oral health AND your life? Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a dental implants consultation with our dentist, Dr. Tony Lin.

If you are thinking about talking to your dentist about orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, you are probably focused on the esthetic result. After all, it’s exciting to think about smiling again with confidence!

While esthetics are important, you probably haven’t given much thought to the long-term health effects of orthodontic treatment. It’s true that treatment can dramatically alter your appearance, but straighter teeth also result in a healthier smile.

3 Things to Know about Crooked Teeth

You already know that crooked teeth have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. But patients looking for a Dallas Invisalign dentist may not realize how a misaligned smile impacts overall oral health. Here are a few examples of oral health problems related to crooked or crowded teeth.

Difficulty Cleaning: If you don’t have clean teeth, you don’t have a healthy smile. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to enjoy a lifetime free of dental problems. Crooked or crowded teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene because you may not be able to floss between them. This puts you at risk for decay and periodontal disease.

Involved Orthodontic Problems: When one or more teeth are crooked or crowded, surrounding teeth start to shift as well. Your teeth are constantly moving, and as the root of a crooked tooth tilts to one side or the other, adjacent teeth follow. Putting off treatment may result in more involved orthodontic problems down the road.

Dental Bite: If you have untreated orthodontic issues, you can end up with a misaligned dental bite. This means that teeth on one side of your mouth bite down harder on one side than the other. This can lead to a variety of problems including excess wear on teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ.

Call the Dallas Invisalign Dentist Today!

Why risk your good oral health with a crooked smile? With all the great adult orthodontics available today, there’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love. Please call our office and we’ll be happy to talk to you about treatment with invisible braces.

 

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