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Improving Your Oral Health in the New Year

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New Year, New Opportunity for Better Oral Care

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to improve on the habits you’ve formed the year before — including your dental habits. At ProHEALTH Dental, we’re starting the New Year off by inspiring our patients to take better control of their oral care with these tips:

Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine

Many of the procedures we complete in the office occur due to poor dental hygiene — and who wants to start the New Year with a decayed tooth? You can avoid having issues with your teeth in the New Year by keeping up with a healthy dental routine at home! This includes:

  1. Brushing 2-3x per day.
  2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
  3. Changing your toothbrush out every three months.
  4. Flossing once daily.
  5. Drinking plenty of water.
  6. Avoid foods that harm your teeth.
  7. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet.
  8. Visiting the dentist if you experience pain or discomfort.
  9. Scheduling regular dental cleanings.

Focus on Your Teeth and Gums

While keeping your teeth white, bright, and healthy is important — taking proper care of your gums is just as vital. Keeping your gums healthy and clear of debris can prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease down the line.

The best way to protect both your teeth and gums is to follow a healthy dental care routine as we’ve outlined above — focusing on removing debris from the gum line and visiting your dentist so we can spot any signs of gingivitis.

Better Oral Health Means Better Overall Health

At ProHEALTH Dental, our dentists focus not only on your oral health but your overall well-being. Many of the conditions that affect your dental health can progress to other chronic conditions and vice versa. For example, oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with gum disease can lead to the development of conditions such as:

At your dental hygiene visit, your ProHEALTH Dental hygienist will conduct simple, non-invasive health screenings to help identify warning signs of these conditions and to ensure your well-being during your visits with us.

To protect your overall wellbeing, remember to keep up with your oral health routine, and visit your dentist, primary health provider, and any necessary specialists regularly.

Read More: Recognizing the Link Between Overall Health & Oral Health

Choose a VIP Dental Program

For patients without dental insurance, it can be hard to receive the dental care you need. Luckily, our ProHEALTH Dental VIP Program covers your oral health needs at an affordable price to encourage you to stay on top of your dental care.

Our VIP Program has a low annual fee that covers all your preventative care and provides significant discounts on other dental care such as restorative and cosmetic. Signing up for this program now will ensure you have access to exceptional dental care all year long.

Learn more about the pricing for our VIP Program here.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

While you may be able to easily change your at-home routine, overcoming your fear of going to the dentist might be harder. Here are some ways you can work on your anxieties about the dentist so you can receive the dental care you need:

Communicate With Your Dentist

It’s important to communicate your reservations about your appointment with your dentist and hygienists. Knowing your concerns helps them put you at ease. Often, patients experience dental anxiety due to a past negative experience at another office or not knowing what’s happening during their visit.

Be sure to ask as many questions as you want, and give your doctor the most information about your medical history and experiences possible. Communicating with your dentist is one of the best ways to improve your uneasy feelings.

Try a Distraction

Patients report the actual procedures being done to be the cause of their anxiety — such as cleanings or filling cavities. At ProHEALTH Dental, we aim to make you as comfortable as possible during your visits. You may want to bring something additional to your appointment to calm your nerves; listening to music or your favorite TV show during your visit may help distract your mind and allow you to relax.

We also know that many patients may have put off going to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team at ProHEALTH Dental is here to help you feel comfortable and safe returning to the dentist.

Read More: Transitioning to a Post-COVID Lifestyle

Make Your New Year’s Goals a Reality at ProHEALTH Dental

ProHEALTH Dental’s mission is to provide services and education to patients regarding the critical importance of proper oral health care and its impact on systemic health. To improve your oral health in the New Year, book your dental next check-up today online or call (855) 750-5011

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