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4 Ways to Keep Your Smile Healthy This Spring & Summer

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With spring in full bloom and summer not too far away, now is the perfect time to consider what you need to do to keep your smile healthy over the warmer months. Better weather means that we’re more active, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your oral health this time of year.

Below we outline four ways to keep your smile looking its best! At Tulip Tree Dental Care, we provide great smile services all year ‘round. Call us today at 574-208-5668 to make an appointment.

Visit Us Twice a Year For a Checkup

Dr. Hurcomb recommends that you schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning every six months. These regular visits will allow us to keep an eye on your oral health and treat any dental problems early-on, before they have a chance to cause big smile damage.

We will take digital X-rays if needed, plus use intraoral imaging to check for problems in your mouth. In addition, we will screen you for gum disease, oral cancer, and any infections.

Next, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish each of your teeth, paying special attention to nooks and crannies that you might miss at home when brushing and flossing. When we’re finished, your teeth will sparkle and you’ll have that fresh-from-the-dentist feeling!

After your cleaning, Dr. Hurcomb will perform a complete dental exam, double-checking any problem areas noted by our hygienist. If there are any dental problems lurking in your mouth, we are sure to find them!

We will put together a custom care plan for any recommended services. Some of the more common treatments that our patients need are gum disease therapy, fluoride application, dental sealants, custom mouthguards, and even nutritional counseling. We’ll give you all the information you need to make good decisions about your smile care.

Keep Your Smile Bright With Good Oral Hygiene

Most of our patients realize that good brushing and flossing habits help form the cornerstone of a healthy mouth. However, did you know that experts recommend you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time?

Along with the proper length of brushing time, it’s important to have the right kind of toothbrush. We recommend a soft-bristle toothbrush, as stiffer bristles can damage your gums and even cause loss of gum tissue over time.

Also, the right size brush head will make your brushing much more effective. A head that’s too large or too small for your mouth will not work as well.

You should floss your teeth once a day to remove food particles and plaque in between your teeth. Wrap a strand of floss around both of your middle fingers, leaving a couple of inches of floss to work with.

Using your thumb and index fingers, slide the floss up and down between each of your teeth, making sure to get beneath the gumline as much as possible.

Drink Plenty of Water

Our bodies need lots of water to function properly, but so do our smiles! The act of drinking water flushes debris and food particles from your mouth, helping to prevent oral problems. Left alone, these particles can create an environment for bacteria to flourish, causing plaque to form, and potentially tartar and tooth decay.

In addition, if you drink water from a municipal water source, it is usually fluoridated, meaning that fluoride has been added to it. Many studies have proven that people in areas with fluoridated water have fewer cavities than those with non-fluoridated water supplies. Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel and can even reverse early-stage tooth decay.

Besides just drinking water, you can increase your water intake and stay hydrated through the foods you eat. Celery, iceberg lettuce, green peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapples are just a few of the vegetables and fruits that are high in water content.

Protect Your Pearly Whites With a Professional Mouthguard

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that athletes who do not wear mouth protection are 60 times more likely to experience a dental injury than athletes who do. That’s a lot of damaged teeth!

Dr. Hurcomb can fit you with a custom, professionally made mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports and other activities. Most of us realize the value of mouthguards for sports like hockey, basketball, and football. However, any sport or activity that involves a flying object, contact between participants, or frequent changes in direction can potentially cause dental damage.

Our high-quality mouthguards are superior to so-called “boil and bite” appliances you can buy off the shelf. Because they are made specifically for your or your child’s mouth, they will fit better, provide more protection, and last longer than cheaper options. Your smile is worth a little extra investment, isn’t it?

Keep your smile healthy this spring and summer! And remember to call Tulip Tree Dental Care to schedule your next checkup: 574-208-5668.

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