For folks all over the work, the New Year is more than a swapping out of the calendar. It signifies a renewed commitment to personal growth, happiness, and health. If you’ve resolved to improve your health in 2018, there’s no better place to start than with your mouth! Your oral health does, after all, both reflect and affect your overall wellness.
And there’s no better way to do it than by partnering with Lakeside Dentistry in Rochester, MN. We pride ourselves on providing personalized care and attention to detail that rivals corporate dental practices. Our highly skilled team of dental professionals will get to know you and give you the information you need to take ownership of your own dental health! Plus, we’ll cheer you on every step of your journey toward improved wellness.
Read on for some simple ways you can prioritize your dental health in the new year. Then, come see what Lakeside Dentistry has to offer! Give us a call at 507-316-6444.
1. Schedule Your Routine Dental Exams And Cleanings.
It’s generally recommended that you visit the dentist once every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning, although it might vary slightly depending on your dental needs. Regular visits are key to catching dental complications early when problems are comparatively small. Many dental problems, like gum disease and tooth decay, only worsen when left untreated. Sometimes, they require costly curative procedures to repair the damage.
It might be difficult to commit to bi-annual checkups, particularly if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or have a particularly busy schedule. At Lakeside Dentistry, you won’t have to worry about being guilt-tripped about past dental hygiene habits. Our compassionate team is more focused on your health moving forward.
We also offer extended hours because we know that it’s not always possible to miss school or work for a dental appointment. We open at 7:30 a.m. five days a week, and we stay open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
2. Recommit To At-Home Dental Hygiene.
If you’re striving to improve your oral health, visiting the dentist regularly is a great start. But it’s important to practice good dental hygiene during the five months and 30 days in between your routine dental exams, too!
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can use an electric toothbrush or a good old-fashioned manual toothbrush, whichever you prefer to use. However, those with limited mobility or people with arthritis might have a better experience using an electric toothbrush. Some electric toothbrushes also come equipped with timers, which is good for those who sometimes have trouble brushing for the full two minutes.
Brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly helps remove food particles that might otherwise be left to linger in your mouth and attract bacteria. This bacteria feeds on the leftover sugars and releases a weak acid that weakens your tooth enamel. Your enamel is the tough outer layer of your teeth, which protects your teeth against cavities.
You should also floss your teeth one a day to prevent gum disease. The same weak acid that drives tooth decay can also irritate your gums to the point of an infection. Flossing helps remove food particles that get stuck between your teeth and along the gum line.
3. If You Suspect You Have A Dental Problem, Let’s Fix It.
If you’ve been experiencing the early signs of some sort of dental complication — things like tooth sensitivity or even pain — it can be tempting to just ignore it. But few dental problems get better on their own. Again, many complications actually worsen if you’re not quick to intervene. Sometimes, it’s necessary to address the issue head-on so we can work together toward a solution.
At Lakeside Dentistry, we understand that going to the dentist, particularly if you suspect there’s a problem, can be stressful and even scary. That’s why we’ve worked to create an environment where you can relax. We offer extended appointments and can even provide nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” if you need a little help easing tension.
And if it’s the financial aspect of your treatment that worries you, we offer flexible payment options. This includes cash, all major credit cards, CareCredit, and checks. Plus, we offer a 5 percent discount for dental services that are paid in full the day of treatment. We’ll also process your insurance claims for you so it’s one less thing you have to worry about!
Prioritize Your Dental Health In 2018 With Lakeside Dentistry
With the help of our highly skilled dental professionals, it’s easy to get your dental health back on track! Give us a call today at 507-316-6444 to schedule an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form.