By now you probably have a pretty solid dental care routine. Is anything missing? Compare your list to ours:
√ Don't let visits slide; see your dentist every six months! We know you're busy, juggling work life and home life. But even when you think you can't squeeze in a dental visit, don't give in to the temptation. Making time for regular dental visits now can help keep you out of the dental office in the future.
√ Brush and floss daily, even when you're tired. The importance of regular brushing and flossing can never be emphasized enough. Even if you've been good about your oral hygiene all your life, don't let it slide -- not even for a day. The longer plaque stays on your teeth the more harmful it becomes.
√ Eat well-balanced meals. When you're juggling work, home and kids, fast food, soda and sugary snacks might be easy options. But sugar is a tooth decay demon and can cause you to "crash." Instead, make it a point to add vegetables to your meals and eat smart snacks like fruit, nuts and celery or carrot sticks.
√ Exercise regularly; it's good for your teeth! Studies show that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle -- exercise and eating right -- are 40 percent less likely to develop periodontitis (advanced gum disease).
√ Consider cosmetic dentistry. From quick boosts to complete smile makeovers, there are plenty of cosmetic dental options. One-hour laser teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth 8-10 shades whiter, and veneers can mask stained teeth, chipped teeth or crooked teeth.