6 Ways to Amp up your Oral Health this Year

Categories: Oral Health


The beginning of a new year is an excellent opportunity to reflect on one’s lifestyle choices and make commitments to make positive changes. Well-being objectives, like losing weight, brushing more often, or following through with much-needed dental work, are positive and inspiring. Taking small, manageable actions toward your dental goals this year can keep your objectives from seeming overwhelming. So, our Scotts Valley family dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry share on the blog today six ways to amp up your oral health this year so that you can baby step your way to excellent oral health.

  1. Improve your daily oral care regimen

The easiest way to prevent periodontal disease is through daily brushing and flossing. Plaque may be effectively removed from teeth by brushing at least twice per day using a high-quality toothbrush and toothpaste. You should angle the toothbrush at 45 degrees toward the gum line as you gently move it over the teeth in small, circular motions. Then, floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably after your last meal, to remove any food particles or plaque that may have built up between them. Our experienced dental hygienists can give you a demonstration of proper brushing and flossing techniques at your next appointment.

  1. Visit your dentist twice a year

In addition to improving your at-home daily oral care regimen, you should also aim to visit our Santa Cruz dental office twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Although some people believe that thorough at-home care is effective for removing all harmful substances, some areas of your mouth require professional tools and skilled technicians to clean them. Therefore, to drastically reduce your bacterial risks, schedule an appointment every six months to clean your smile.

  1. Stop using tobacco products

It’s no surprise that tobacco use can cause adverse health effects. When you quit using cigarettes right now, your oral health can drastically improve, and you may prevent oral cancer development. To enhance your health in general, you should give up smoking cigarettes and use smokeless tobacco. When looking for assistance for smoking cessation, think about using free online programs, progress apps, and support from organizations.

  1. Professionally brighten your smile

Whitening your teeth is only one of the many things you can do to make yourself look better. Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, tomatoes, and heavily dyed foods may stain your teeth to an unbecoming shade that can make you appear older. Fortunately, our Los Gatos cosmetic dentists offer the Zoom! Professional Whitening System and the Sinsational Smile teeth whitening system. Both methods can deliver fast and dramatic results with the benefit of at-home touch-ups.

  1. Restore damaged or broken teeth

As you make your New Year’s resolutions or establish your goals, it’s an excellent opportunity to commit to restoring your smile, even if you do it slowly throughout the year. Through the many advances in cosmetic dentistry, you can preserve your natural tooth structure and alignment with treatments like fillings, dental crowns, or implants.

  1. Preserve teeth from advanced conditions

Clenching or grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, may start for various reasons, including worry, stress, problems sleeping, an irregular bite, or teeth that are either missing or misaligned. Our Scotts Valley neuromuscular dentists explain that symptoms of advanced conditions may include a dull headache, discomfort in the jaw, uncomfortable teeth, or fractures on tooth surfaces. Fortunately, when you use a custom-fitted mouth guard, you can protect your teeth from intense bite pressures.

Family Dentist in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California

As you begin to make out your list of things you want to accomplish in the new year, remember your oral health and strive to make a difference by improving it. Whether you want a brighter smile, need to close a gap, or have broken teeth, our Santa Cruz cosmetic dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can help you restore your smile and regain your confidence. To find out which treatments are best for your oral health, please call our office at (831) 438-4411 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.