Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our smiles start to show and feel their age. The good news is that our Glendale dentists are here to help you refresh your smile and regain a healthy and attractive mouth. Today we’re going to be talking about some simple steps that you can take to kick off a smile refresh—let’s get started!
The first thing to do is to complete a professional dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are much more effective than at-home efforts; they allow our team to clear away accumulated plaque and tartar. The general recommendation from the ADA is that patients undergo these cleanings every six months or so. However, even, perhaps especially, if it has been a long time since you’ve been into see your dentist, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional cleaning ASAP.
Then, make sure that you’re getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine. Most people should be brushing morning and night, and flossing at night. Switch out your toothbrush if you’ve been using the same one for a few months; old toothbrushes can actually harbor bacteria. You can also talk to your dentist about incorporating a mouth rinse into your routine; there are special formulas with fluoride and bacteria-neutralizing ingredients that are very effective.
One of the easiest and important things that you can do is to start rinsing your mouth with water after every meal or snack. Not only does this simple habit clear away dental debris, it also jumpstarts saliva production (saliva helps to re-mineralize dental enamel).
If you’re already dealing with existing dental damage, our team offers a number of efficient treatments—like dental bonding and custom crowns—to restore your smile.
Our Glendale dentists are here to help you regain a strong smile no matter the current state of your smile. Don’t let fear or embarrassment keep you from getting the dental treatment you need.