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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Hebron Family Dental, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Hebron Family Dental, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!
  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.
  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.
  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This treatment is beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take it very seriously. If you think this option may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include it in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (972) 820-8780 with any questions. Learn more about the Dental Team here.

The 3 simple steps to Invisalign

The 3 simple steps to Invisalign

At Hebron Family Dental, we want to equip and come alongside our patients in giving them smiles they are proud of. Invisalign is one of the main ways in which we go about this! We get many questions about Invisalign, and there’s always more to learn. We hope this information will help you decide whether Invisalign is a good option for you!

Your new smile will be achieved through the three-dimensional mapping and 100-year-old science in Invisalign treatment. One of the best parts is that you can enjoy all the foods you usually eat and smile regularly throughout treatment! Orthodontics is often met with the apprehension of pain and treatment that lasts too long. Luckily, Invisalign involves three simple steps:

Step 1: Meet with your dentist and get a sneak peek at your new smile.

Your dentist can take a quick and precise scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you.

Step 2: Start transforming your smile right from your first fitting.

This is a critical step in the success of your treatment. Your dentist will ensure your aligners fit well, answer all your questions, and let you know what to expect. Once you start wearing your aligners, you will have regular check-ins with your dentist. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could finish your treatment in as little as six months! You will start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Step 3: Keep your brand new smile beautiful!

It will be easy to keep the smile you love after transforming it with Invisalign! All you have to do is be consistent with wearing the retainer you are given after your treatment is complete.

One of the best parts about Invisalign is that it will not throw off your daily life! The progression of your smile will be apparent through every step of treatment. When wearing your aligners, you will be ready for anything. Make sure to take them out before eating or drinking, and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours per day will give you the best results and shortest overall treatment time. If you are a parent, your child’s aligners will have blue compliance indicators, so you can ensure they are wearing them for the required time per day. Invisalign treatment is risk-free, straightforward, and an excellent option for all ages and stages of life!

How does Invisalign differ from traditional brackets-and-wires braces? There are three main differentiating factors:

1. Invisalign gets straight to work! You will get customized treatment based on years of research and no guesswork! The proper force is calculated for every tooth movement, so your teeth will move in the correct order.

2. Invisalign is more comfortable. SmartTrack material is used for comfort and the best results! You won’t have to worry about getting sores in your mouth due to irritation like you may with regular braces.

3. Invisalign gives you results that will last. Keeping your new smile is easy with the retainer provided after your treatment. This will keep your teeth from shifting over time.

We hope this was helpful regarding Invisalign and answered all your questions! It provides face-to-face care with your dentist, long-lasting restoration, gives you a customized plan for your smile needs, and uses the latest material for optimal results. These are some of the main reasons we love it and believe it truly stands out! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation or have any questions, call Hebron Family Dental at (972) 820-8780. We would be happy to help you!

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer.

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Hebron Family Dental, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (972) 820-8780 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Hebron Family Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include not keeping your teeth clean, bacteria, and overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth.

So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation.

Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments.

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Use fluoride toothpaste.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, black or brown staining on a tooth, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (972) 820-8780!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Hebron Family Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Hebron Family Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

2. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

3. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Hebron Family Dental and always makes sure she does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Hebron Family Dental offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our treatment options:

  1. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  2. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  3. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery. 
  4. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  5. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Hebron Family Dental! If you want to learn more about dental procedures, read our blog. Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (972) 820-8780.

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Why Should You Have A Dental Routine Procedure Visit?

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Hebron Family Dental give us a call at (972) 820-8780. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible.

Learn How To Love Your Teeth!

Learn How To Love Your Teeth!

Self-love doesn’t have to stop just because Valentine’s Day is over! The team at Hebron Family Dental wants to make sure you give your smile some love. There is much more to keeping your smile shining than just brushing every day. In fact, there are a variety of small daily tricks you can use to optimize the health of your smile. We are excited to share these simple tips on how to brighten your smile as well as the services we offer that will boost your self-confidence.

Learn How To Love Your Teeth

Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:

Keep your toothbrush holder clean

This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!

Start by brushing in the back of your mouth

All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!

Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks

Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.

To start loving your teeth, don’t brush too often

You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.

Eat teeth-whitening foods

Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.

Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush

Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.

Achieving a healthy, shining smile is something everyone deserves, whether before or after Valentine’s Day! If you employ these six tips, we promise you will see a difference in the health of your teeth over time. If you’re interested in pampering your smile even more, Hebron Family Dental offers both ZOOM in-office whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits. These options are excellent for self-care and make great gifts! Give us a call at (972) 820-8780 if you have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options or would like to schedule an appointment. Learn about the importance of wisdom teeth recovery.

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

The New Year has arrived! 2022 is the perfect time to restructure your oral care routine and leave bad habits in the past. You have probably heard many New Year’s resolutions this month and maybe don’t believe people stick to them.

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

We want to help you set goals that are simple, sustainable, and beneficial to your oral and overall health! Here are ten easy goals to help you keep your teeth healthy in 2022:

Start brushing twice per day for two minutes each time

We hope all of you are already brushing twice per day, but increasing your brush time to two minutes will ensure a healthier smile and a lower likelihood of developing cavities.

Schedule your first hygiene visit of the new year

We recommend seeing your dental hygienist every six months. If you haven’t come in for hygiene since June, it is time to schedule! Keeping up with your hygiene appointments has many benefits, the greatest of which is keeping any plaque and tartar that has developed on your teeth under control.

Brush your teeth gently

If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.

Drink more water

Water is vital for all areas of your health, including oral health! When you drink water, especially with a meal, it will wash away plaque-causing substances such as sugars and starches.

Commit to replacing your toothbrush every three months 

If you use the same toothbrush for too long, the bristles will become worn out and less effective at cleaning your teeth. This may mean more visits to the dentist and more money spent in the long run. Prevent this from happening, and start your year by treating yourself to a new toothbrush today!

If you like to chew gum, make sure it is sugarless

In addition to this, chewing sugarless gum after big meals can help prevent tooth decay!

Keep up with your flossing

If you have been to see us recently, you know how much we emphasize flossing. When you floss, you can clean surfaces of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss twice a day with your brushing!

Keep up a healthy, balanced diet

Everyone knows staying away from sugar is essential for the health of your teeth, but did you know having a generally balanced diet is too? Fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products are beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and enamel.

Drink water that is infused with fluoride

Fluoride is excellent at helping prevent the onset of cavities by giving your teeth a stronger resistance to acids.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for fighting bacteria, especially on your tongue and gums. You will see the best benefits of mouthwash if you use it for 30 seconds twice per day as a part of your brushing routine.

Oral hygiene and health are very important, and prioritizing them to start off the New Year will reap many benefits. Keeping up with these ten straightforward practices will have positive long-term effects on the health of your smile. If you have any questions about how to keep your smile healthy, call our office today at (972) 820-8780. We are happy to answer any questions and help you get your first hygiene appointment of the year scheduled!

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How to Choose a Toothbrush: What To Look For

How to Choose a Toothbrush: What To Look For

Toothbrushes are everyday objects that we often do not spend much time thinking about. You may even think every toothbrush is equal in cleaning your teeth effectively. This is false. The toothbrush you use and how you use it can make or break your oral health journey, and it is essential to choose the right one. If you have no idea where to start, do not worry! We are here to share some tips and tricks for choosing the right toothbrush and using it effectively.

How to Choose a Toothbrush

Toothbrushes first became mainstream in the 1930s, but there were not many options. Almost everyone was stuck with a toothbrush that had nylon bristles. Today, it is a different story. In the United States, we are lucky enough to have many toothbrushes at our fingertips at local grocery stores and drugstores. You may think the only two types of toothbrushes out there are manual and electric, but think again!

Five things to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush:

  1. Professional recommendations. When looking for a new toothbrush, it is best to get the opinion of your dentist. They will have suggestions that are tailored to your personal oral health needs. When buying one, it is also essential to make sure that you pick one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
  2. Safety. Safety may not be something that comes to mind when you think about brushing your teeth. However, it is imperative to choose a safe toothbrush for your unique oral health and your brushing tendencies. For example, if you generally brush aggressively, an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you as it will make it easier to be gentle while still cleaning your mouth.
  3. Manual vs. Electric. Many people falsely assume that electric toothbrushes are leaps and bounds more effective than manual toothbrushes. This is false. It is more vital that you effectively know how to use your toothbrush correctly, and the manual versus electric debate comes down to personal preference.
  4. What should my child use? It is crucial to pick out a toothbrush for your child that can easily fit into their hand and has soft bristles. If your child is old enough to comprehend, have them pick out their toothbrush. Getting children involved in this process early will make oral hygiene more fun for them.
  5. Variety of bristles. You may notice that some toothbrushes have uniform bristles across the whole head while others have a mixture of soft to stiff bristles and even some rubber components. Choosing which type is right for you should be based on your oral health. For example, if you have gum problems, it is best to stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg for picking out a toothbrush. Cost, likability, and size are important factors in choosing the right toothbrush. The more you consider these things, the easier it will be for you to find a toothbrush that is the perfect fit for your oral hygiene journey! Give Hebron Family Dental a call today at (972) 820-8780 if you have any questions about choosing a toothbrush or would like to schedule an appointment. Read about a healthy wisdom teeth recovery.

Gum Care 101: How To Take Care Of Them

Gum Care 101: How To Take Care Of Them

When you think about taking care of your smile, brushing and flossing your teeth are probably the first things that come to mind. However, there is much more that goes into keeping your mouth in order! Your gums play an integral role in your overall oral health and can be in bad shape even if you have the whitest, brightest smile around. 

What’s Gum Disease?

Have you ever heard of gum disease? If you have never had to deal with it, consider yourself lucky! Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along and underneath your gum line. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and will cause your gums to become swollen and tender and sometimes even bleed. Luckily, this type of gum disease is easily treatable since it does not directly impact the bone connected to your teeth. 

If you let gingivitis progress untreated, it can become periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis does impact the bone and tissue connected to your teeth, and if left untreated, can slowly destroy your teeth. Some signs you may have periodontal disease include but are not limited to a bad taste in your mouth, loose permanent teeth, swollen gums, tender, or bloody, and a receding gum line.

What’s The Best Gum Care?

Luckily, gum disease is easily preventable, and we are excited to share five simple ways in which you can keep your gums healthy!

Brush twice a day

Brushing after breakfast and dinner is the easiest thing you can do on your own to keep your smile healthy! Brushing will help remove plaque and bacteria, and flossing will do the rest! Also, make sure to brush your tongue, as it can carry bacteria as well. Electric toothbrushes are the best option to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Make sure you change out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly

Your dental hygienist can remove any tricky plaque and tartar formed on your teeth. Doing this every six months will keep your teeth much healthier than trying to take oral hygiene into your own hands only! In addition to this, your dentist can detect the early signs of gum disease and start a treatment plan before it turns into gingivitis or even periodontitis. If you already have gingivitis, regular hygiene appointments can help reverse its effects. 

Use therapeutic mouthwash

Almost any drugstore or pharmacy will carry it over-the-counter. This type of mouthwash can help reduce the speed tartar develops, reduce plaque, and even reduce gingivitis. Make sure you are also looking for the American Dental Association seal on any therapeutic mouthwash. 

Use fluoride toothpaste

Almost every toothpaste brand will claim to reduce the risk of gingivitis. So how do you know which ones are the best? When you pick out your toothpaste, ensure it contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association seal of acceptance!

Make sure to floss

Flossing once or twice per day will help remove any tricky plaque buildup that your toothbrush is unable to get rid of. Since plaque is the main cause of gum disease, flossing is a must! 

This may seem like a lot of information to take in, but we promise taking these simple steps will help prevent gum disease. If you’re not flossing daily or using mouthwash, now is the time to start! If you haven’t come in for your bi-yearly hygiene appointment in over six months, it is time to schedule. Call us today at (972) 820-8780 to make an appointment. Let’s work together to keep your gums healthy! Follow these tips and tricks for a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery.