What Can You Do to Prevent Dental Problems?

Preventive Dentistry Tips for a Healthy SmileWas one of your New Year’s resolutions to take better care of your smile? Whether your commitment to oral care was inspired by dental problems in the past, or simply a desire to maintain a lovely and healthy smile, a preventive dentist can help in your quest. Diagnostic exams and preventive cleanings are wonderful ways to help keep the smile free from acidic tartar buildup, which can be unsightly, but can also lead to dental problems like cavities and gum disease. Fortunately, there are also some simple steps you can take at-home to keep your smile healthier between dental visits.

Your Diet Matters More Than You Might Think

Many people think of general dental visits and hygiene, when they think of healthy smiles. These are both important aspects of protecting one’s oral health. However, there is another component that can be equally important, and that is eating a well-balanced diet.

  • Fruits and vegetables, lean protein and dairy products provide a host of nutrients your body needs, but that also contribute to strong teeth and healthy gums.
  • Limiting sugar intake is another key step in cavity prevention. That’s because plaque bacteria feed on sugars, meaning a diet high in sugar and starchy foods that convert to sugar, makes a person far more likely to suffer from dental cavities and other issues.
  • Drinking water is one of the simplest and yet most essential things you can do to help keep yourself healthy. Water helps hydrate your entire body, including your mouth, leading to better saliva development, which is a natural plaque-fighter. So skip out on the soda (which is loaded with sugar), and incorporate drinking more water into your daily routine. Your smile will surely thank you.

Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!

At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!

A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.