Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to get complacent about smile-friendly choices. At Staten Island Dental Care, our goal optimum dental health and a beautiful smile for each of our patients. Our cosmetic dentistry helps you meet your goals.
Here are our recommended best practices for ideal dental health and a beautiful smile:
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth correctly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.
Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See Staten Island Dental Care once a year even if you don’t notice any dental problems.
Best: See us twice a year for an extensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an over-the-counter teeth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.
Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants look and function like real teeth, and prevent bone loss.
Good: Eat a nutritious diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a healthy diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, minimize sugar-filled foods, avoid energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your child to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous guidance and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, talk to us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.
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