With the start of a new year, you and your family have another chance to make new memories. Our hope is that you will have plenty of reasons to smile in 2017. It’s also why we hope you will visit our family dentists in Leesburg, VA, in the near future.
As our name suggests, family dentistry is our focus at Family First Dental & Implant Center. We know that your family is the most important thing in your life. You want them to be as healthy as they can be this year and for decades to come.
That’s why we want to take some time to discuss the ways you can keep their smiles looking as healthy as possible.
More than 90 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity in their lives, and around 75 percent will have gum disease of one form or another. Accidents and injuries can affect your smile as well.
We want to help you reduce your risk of those problems. That’s why we have put together a list of five things you and your loved ones can do to protect your smiles.
Call 703-297-4353 or contact us online to make an appointment.
▷ 1. Brush and floss daily
Let’s start with the basics. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing between your teeth and gums every day.
By brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, you can remove the bacteria, which form plaque and which cause tooth decay and gum disease. These bacteria live in your mouth, so you will never remove them completely. By brushing and flossing, you can help to keep them under control.
Flossing (or using another interdental cleaner) is how you remove plaque and food particles from the places that your toothbrush can’t reach. No matter what you may have seen in the news last fall, flossing should still be a part of your daily hygiene routine.
▷ 2. Visit your family dentist for regular cleanings
As a suggestion, we would recommend visiting Family First Dental twice a year if you live in or near Leesburg, VA.
A professional dental cleaning is the best way to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that may have developed. No one is perfect. No matter how good your oral hygiene routine is, you can miss a spot. Having someone else take a look at your mouth can remove those potential problems.
The examinations that take place during these visits are just as important as the cleanings themselves. If you do have a cavity or gum disease. We want to find it as soon as possible. Early detection leads to more effective and less invasive treatments.
Trust us, you would much rather have a cavity filled today than have an infected tooth tomorrow.
To schedule cleanings for your family, call us at 703-297-4353.
▷ 3. Get fluoride treatments
Your regular cleanings are a great time for fluoride treatments as well. Fluoride is a mineral that is good for the enamel on your teeth.
When used correctly, fluoride can repair minor damage to your enamel and strengthen enamel that is healthy. Both of these can reduce your risk of tooth decay.
▷ 4. Get dental sealants
Remember earlier when we said you would rather have a dental filling than an infected tooth? Well, dental sealants can reduce your risk of needing a filling.
Sealants are a physical barrier that can be placed on the chewing surface of your molars. These are the larger, flatter teeth in the back of your mouth. These are the same teeth that we use to chew our food.
As a result, these are the teeth that are the most likely to have tooth decay and cavities. Sealants can be applied after a cleaning to make it harder for bacteria to eat into these teeth.
Ask about sealants when you contact Family First Dental about your family’s next visit.
▷ 5. Wear an athletic mouthguard
Many professional athletes now wear athletic mouthguards, but anyone can injure their teeth while playing a high-impact sport. That’s any sport that involves lots of speed changes, jumping, or physical contact.
The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend custom-fitted mouthguards as the best way to protect your teeth and jaws in the event of a traumatic impact. We can make these mouthguards for every athlete in your family at our Leesburg, VA, dentist office.
Like a seat belt, a mouthguard won’t stop a collision, but it may minimize the damage that occurs to someone you love if he or she is wearing one.
Make Your Appointment Today
If you have not yet scheduled your next cleaning and examination, then today it a great day to do that. Ask about our other services as well, so you can make your visit as healthy as it can be.