You may not have turned the heat on yet, but we’ve seen a few yellow and red leaves…so, we’re calling it – autumn has officially arrived. School is in session, football games, homecoming, state fairs and all the things that a normal “fall season” brings are here. As such, before you dive into the delicious goodies that this time of year brings, we thought we’d cover a few oral health related items. Here are 7 Ways to prepare your teeth and gums for fall in Raleigh.
When was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned. If it’s been more than 6 months, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Raleigh Dentist. We typically want to see you twice a year for a professional cleaning. This allows us to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, and address any potential problems such as cavities.
2. Prepare Your Teeth for Fall by Replacing Your Toothbrush
Next question – when was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If it’s been more than 3 months, it’s time! Even if you regularly see your Raleigh Dentist semi-annually, the toothbrush placed in your bag on the way out was never meant to last until your next appointment. In fact, toothbrushes should really be replaced every 3 months. So, if you want to get ahead of the season, make sure you have a fresh toothbrush in hand.
3. Prepare Your Teeth for Fall by Chewing Xylitol Gum
Want to know a secret? You can still chew gum and avoid cavities, as long as you’re chewing Xylitol gum. Xylitol gum is sugar-free gum that uses a natural sweetener derived from plants. Because the sweetener doesn’t break down the same way that sugar does, you can actually keep a neutral pH level in your mouth simply by chewing it. It’s great for kids and adults (as long as you spit it out).
4. Prepare Your Teeth for Fall by Eliminating Bad Habits
A few weeks ago, we discussed 10 of the worst habits for your teeth. If you happened to miss those articles, click here to catch up. Things like smoking, drinking soda, or chewing on ice can really do a number on your teeth. As such, if you want to do something really good for your oral health and prepare your teeth for fall, now is a great time to try giving up at least one of those bad habits.
5. Establish a Good Oral Health Routine
On the other end of the last point, now is also a great time to create new habits. In particular, your Raleigh Dentist suggest that you establish a good oral health routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing at night, and regularly rinsing your mouth with water. If you’ve already got that routine in play, you might also try dry brushing, eating healthier foods or wearing a mouthguard like your dentist has been suggesting.
6. Take Advantage of a Good Sale
This time of year has so much to offer, and while we are certainly fans of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we equally appreciate all the bargains that retailers are dishing out. In particular, pay attention to deal that might prepare your teeth for fall such as teeth whitening kits, dental irrigators, tongue scrapers, or electric toothbrushes. These will not only make your teeth look great, but your gums will feel better and your breath will smell better too!
7. Pay Attention to End-of-Year Dental Benefits
If you have dental insurance, make sure you check in on your coverage. Oftentimes with dental insurance, you either use it or lose it. Your Raleigh Dentist does not want you to lose any amount you may have already spent on dental coverage. As such, check in with your insurance provider now so you can schedule treatment for this calendar year.
With all that said, we hope you are having a wonderful year. If it’s been more than six months since you’ve seen the dentist, call Dr. Katherine E. Garrett and schedule your appointment. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency, call our office today!