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25Dec

Happy new year!

As you set your intentions for 2019, now is the perfect time to set some resolutions related to your smile. Our Glendale dentists have some tips and suggestions on steps to take as you kick off your new year. Let’s get started!

  1. Replace oral hygiene tools

Now is the perfect time to trade those old and tired oral hygiene tools for fresh and clean replacements. Old toothbrushes, for example, can harbor bacteria, along with becoming less effective over time. Start the new year off with effective tools that can get the job done.

  1. Assess your at-home dental routine

Talk to your dentist about whether your daily oral hygiene routine is sufficient to meet your needs. The American Dental Association’s general recommendation is that is that patients brush morning and night, and floss at least once a day. Your needs may vary depending on the current state of your smile.

  1. Schedule your semi-annual cleanings

We know that it can be easy to let your dental schedule slip as you go about your busy life. So, take this opportunity to schedule your semi-annual cleanings and assessments with your dental team—get them on the calendar now!

  1. Address any lingering oral health issues immediately

If you have been putting off fixing that broken tooth or getting that filling, our dental team will help you get your smile back on track in an expedient manner. We offer treatments to help you give your smile a clean slate as you start your new year.

  1. Make a schedule to drink water

Here’s a simple healthy habit that will help not only your smile, but your whole-body health as well—commit to drinking more water! Water not only fleshes out dental debris and bacteria, it also ramps up saliva production.

You deserve a healthy and happy smile in 2019! Give our Glendale dentists a call to schedule a check-up or consultation!

11Dec

Many of us get complacent with our oral hygiene routines over time; this is totally normal! But, let’s be honest, it’s not ideal.

Our Glendale dentists encourage you to take this opportunity to re-evaluate your daily dental routine, and to make small improvements where and when appropriate. Sometimes, minor alterations can make the biggest difference.

  1. Consider adding a mouthwash to your routine

There are a wide variety of mouth rinse formulations available today. Some of them are designed to strengthen teeth, while others combat gum disease, and still others battle bad breath. Many rinses actually offer multiple benefits simultaneously!

You can use a mouth was before you floss and brush, to rid your mouth of lose dental debris. You can also rinse your mouth as the final step in your routine; this is a great way to catch any lingering plaque and food particles before you head out for the day or go to sleep.

  1. Regular water rinses

This one is an easy one: as soon as you finish eating, or drinking something other than water, reach for your H20. Drinking water actually promotes saliva production, and saliva works to neutralize bacteria and strengthen enamel. Rinsing your mouth vigorously with water will also limit the amount of time that bacteria are able to feed on the sugars and carbohydrates in your mouth.

  1. Use a specially formulated toothpaste

Take a look at your toothpaste—could it be doing something more for you? There are formulations available to whiten enamel, freshen breath, and minimize sensitivity. Talk to your dental team about whether you can benefit from a specific type of toothpaste in your daily routine.

Our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions you may have about how to care for your smile at home. Even if it has been years since you’ve seen the dentist, we can help you get your smile back on track!