Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is much easier than most people think. It comes down to prevention; any step we take to minimize your risk for cavities and gum disease is a step toward a healthier smile.
Brush and Floss Like a Pro
You can visit us twice a year for dental exams and cleanings, but the other 363 days a year, your oral health is in your hands. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once at bedtime.
Floss once a day using the proper technique to get the most benefit from your effort. If you’re unsure what that means or have questions about your at-home routine, ask your dental hygienist, who will be happy to demonstrate.
Maintain a Tooth-Friendly Diet
By now, you should know that sweets and sugary foods are terrible for your teeth. Bathing your teeth in sugar throughout the day puts you at increased risk for cavities and gum disease and isn’t great for your general health either.
If you crave sweets, this can be a difficult habit to break, but making an effort and substituting healthy fruits and vegetables for your sweet snacks can have a significant positive impact on your oral health.
Stay Current with Dental Exams & Teeth Cleanings
At your six-month exams and teeth cleanings, we will look for signs of problems that have developed since your last visit and treat them promptly. Our dentists will check all your dental work, including crowns, fillings, and bridges, to ensure they’re in good condition.
Professional teeth cleanings allow one of our friendly dental hygienists to remove all the plaque buildup and tartar that you can’t remove with a toothbrush alone. If they see signs of gum disease, our hygienists will create a plan to treat it and get it under control.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam in Chicago, IL
If you're due for your next exam and teeth cleaning, please call Wicker Park Dental Group at ( ) to schedule.