dr_jeff_ballard12Does the New Year mean new cavities for you? Indulging in sweets and delectable treats during the holidays may have taken its toll on your oral health. Thus, top Atlanta dentist, Dr. Jeffery Ballard, gives you tips on how to maintain your family’s oral health in spite of the temptations around you. Dr. Ballard believes that a conscious effort to maintain optimum oral health leads to beautiful, healthy smiles. Here are 5 techniques that you can use to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy and great looking.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene prevents cavities and the buildup of plaque. It involves proper brushing and flossing, as well as paying your dentist regular visits. Brushing must be done after every meal or at least 3 times a day. Flossing, on the other hand, must be performed routinely every night. Visit your dentist as well, so he can perform the necessary steps to address existing problems and prevent potential problems from occurring.

Bring Your Child to the Dentist at an Early Age

This will instill in your child the value of professional oral care to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Studies have revealed the prevalence of tooth decay among American children, even before they start attending school. Dental care should, therefore, start when your child’s first tooth appears. Training your child early often leads to a more responsible adult when it comes to oral care.

Seal off Problems Early

Sealants are a great way to reduce dental problems. These are thin, plastic coatings that envelop the molars. Since molars have irregular grooves, sealants can be effective at sealing out plaque and bacteria.

Use Mouth/Bite Guards When Needed

These oral appliances protect the teeth from damage caused by the clenching and grinding of the teeth, and dental trauma from sports activities. Bite guards addressing teeth grinding are worn during sleep. They protect your teeth while also addressing snoring, teeth grinding, and in some cases, even sleep apnea. Mouth guards, on the other hand, are typically worn during contact sports like basketball, soccer, wrestling, boxing, and football among others. The use of mouth/bite guards is very helpful in the maintenance of healthy teeth.

Quit Smoking

Tar and nicotine found in tobacco and cigarettes do not only discolor your teeth, but they are also responsible for gum disease and oral cancer. Smoking is detrimental to your oral and physical well being. It is never too late to stop smoking. Stop while you still can!

Visit Us at Buckhead Dental Partners

Dr. Jeffery Ballard is a well-loved Atlanta dentist who is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized oral care. He will not judge you, but rather focus on your needs and what you want to achieve. Come and visit us today, and we will take care of you. You may schedule your appointment through this website, or give us a call at (404) 261-0610.