The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, which means fans all over the world will be glued to their TVs, watching top athletes compete for the gold medal on behalf of their countries.
As we approach the opening ceremony, we thought this would be a good time to talk about how caring for your teeth is a lot like training for the Olympics: It’s a marathon, not a sprint — and if you put in the work every day, you’ll be rewarded with a medal-winning smile!
At the office of Jeffery A. Spilman, DDS, we’re here to cheer you on as you work toward improved overall health. From our routine checkups to cosmetic procedures like professional teeth whitening, we’re proud of the personalized and comprehensive dental care that we provide. We even offer convenient Saturday hours to accommodate your busy schedule during the week!
Read on to learn about five ways our caring team can help you achieve a smile that will earn you a place on the podium. Then, come experience high-quality dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL. Call us at 727-645-4727 to schedule an appointment.
1. Brush And Floss Every Day.
It’s a fact: Most of the really common dental complications — like cavities and gum disease — start with bacterial buildup that could be avoided with proper hygiene. When leftover food lingers on your teeth and gums, it breaks down into sugars that bacteria go crazy for.
These bacteria infect your gums (causing gum disease) and emit a weak acid that erodes tooth enamel, the strong outer layer of your teeth that protects them from decay.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, for two minutes each time. It also recommends flossing with proper technique once a day.
How do you floss with proper technique? Well, the goal is to remove food debris and plaque (a sticky film of bacterial buildup) from the area along your gumline.
When you’re flossing, you should curve the floss in a “C” shape against the sides of the tooth, taking care not to snap it into place. To learn more about proper flossing technique, take a look at this helpful step-by-step guide from the American Dental Association.
2. Commit To Routine Dental Checkups.
Even the best athletes need coaches to help them take it to the next level and reach their goals. Similarly, even if you have the best at-home dental hygiene in the world, you should still see a dentist regularly. We recommend coming in once every six months.
These routine checkups and cleanings allow us to better detect the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease so we can intervene in a timely manner. They also give our talented hygienists the chance to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums of tartar — or hardened plaque — that has accumulated since your last visit.
3. Wear A Mouthguard On The Field, Rink, Or Court.
Whether your activity of choice is football, basketball, boxing, or hockey — or really, anything where there’s risk of dental injury — we recommend that you wear an athletic mouthguard. Think of it as a small insurance policy: Investing one not can save you the heartache of a costly dental injury later.
In fact, studies have shown that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are nearly twice as likely to suffer an injury that those that wore mouthguards.
But in order for a mouthguard to be effective, it has to fit properly.
Dr. Spilman’s office can provide custom-made athletic mouthguards that fit better than the ones you’ll find at the store. Plus, you can customize your mouthguard with your team’s colors, and they’re ready for you in about a week.
4. Treat Your Smile Every Once In A While.
If you’re already doing everything right when it comes to proper hygiene, consider treating your smile to a little cosmetic pick-me-up. This will help ensure that your pearly whites are a source of pride and joy, something you want to share with other. When you look great, you feel great, and that affects every aspect of your life.
At the office of Dr. Jeffery A. Spilman, we offer professional teeth whitening services that are more effective than what’s available over-the-counter. Our in-office Zoom! teeth whitening treatments can help you realize a smile that’s six to 10 shades brighter after just three 15-minute sessions! We also offer Zoom! at-home treatments.
5. Find A Dentist You Trust.
When you find a dentist’s office you enjoy coming to, you’ll be more likely to come in for regular appointments, speak up when something’s wrong, and ask questions to better understand your own oral health.
Finding the right dentist can make a world of difference! If you’re looking for a place to call your dental “home,” stop by for a visit. Call us at 727-645-4727 to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online form.