Healthier Smiles in Sandpoint

Everyone wants a bright and beautiful smile. Your smile reflects your confidence and overall personality. Do you hide your crooked teeth behind your lips and hesitate to laugh out loud? Or, do you have bad breath and gum disease? Name the dental problem, and we have the solution for it. At Ivory Dental, we provide a variety of dental services and use advanced instruments and materials.

Apart from the regular dental visits at Ivory Dental, it is important to follow a healthy dental routine at home. In this post, we share with you the secrets that will help to get a healthier smile.

1. Use your tool-kit effectively

According to the American Dental Association’s recommendations, you should brush your teeth twice and floss once a day. It is important to floss as it removes the food debris accumulated between the tooth surfaces. You should use pea-sized toothpaste to clean your teeth. If you have gum problems like bleeding from gums or swollen gums, then it is better to go for a toothbrush with soft bristles. Clean your tongue properly every day to reduce the bacterial load in your oral cavity.

Apart from this, it is important to rinse your mouth after every meal or every time after snacking. You can use a mouthwash or warm water to clear off the debris and food remnants.

2. Watch what you eat

Your diet affects your smile. Drinking too much soda or consuming high amount of sugars can cause oral problems like cavities, enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, and gum diseases. Smart and healthy food choices can unlock the door to a healthier smile. Include greens in your diet. Moreover, limit the intake of acidic drinks and fruit juices.

Add leafy vegetables and calcium-rich products in your daily dietary plan. Apart from this, consume water in sufficient quantity according to your age and body weight. Drinking water contains fluoride, an essential mineral that helps in fighting cavities. It removes the food particles and neutralizes the pH of saliva. This process helps to balance the acidic pH formed due to the bacterial activity. Moreover, conditions like xerostomia or dry mouth that occur because of reduced salivary flow can be prevented by following this simple step.

3. Communicate with your dentist

A healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy body. Many scientific studies have proved the association between the increased risk of cardiac disease in patients with periodontal problems. Scaling, root planing, and debridement at regular intervals help to prevent gum infection. Sanford Dental Excellence stresses the importance of the patient and the dentist working together to treat diseases like gum disease when they said, "Successful treatment requires the commitment of the dentist, hygienist, and patient... Even the best periodontal treatment is for naught if you do not follow through with regular brushing and flossing."

On the other hand, diabetes, hypertension, bone disorders, and other systemic conditions can lead to dental problems. Thus, you should always tell your dentist if you are suffering from a medical disease. Be proactive and go for regular dental check-ups and cleaning. These measures will help you enjoy a healthy mouth and body.

Apart from this, if you suffer from anxiety or have dental phobia, you should always talk about this with your dentist. Most of the dental treatments can be done in a virtually painless way due to the technological advancements in the field of dentistry. Gone are the days, when the choices in terms of sedation were limited.

At Ivory Dental in Sandpoint Idaho, we offer our patients the latest sedation techniques and use procedures that ensure a smooth and safe recovery. Moreover, Dr. Hull is easily approachable and has a friendly attitude. Whether you are worried if a dental implant is the right option for you or have the fear that the procedure will be painful, Dr. Benjamin Hull and his professional team are always happy to help you out. Many of our patients are victims of phobia due to a negative experience at other dental practices. If you are one of them, and if your fears are stopping you from going to a dentist, then please talk to us. An appointment at Ivory Dental can help you realize how we can assist you in achieving a healthy smile in a comfortable way (oral conscious sedation may be a great option for you).

4. Be aware and stop bad oral habits

Smoking and increased consumption of alcohol can have a deleterious effect on your oral cavity. If you suffer from tobacco addiction, please feel free to talk to us. We can always guide you about the right steps and measures.

Moreover, using a nightguard or mouthguard can protect your teeth from the damage due to excessive clenching or grinding. Bruxism or increased grinding of teeth is a condition that often goes unnoticed as many bruxers clench their teeth involuntarily during sleep.

If you play hockey or actively take part in other sports, then protect your teeth with a mouthguard. The risks of tooth fracture and blow injuries are high during sports. Apart from this, you can also go for special appliances if you snore or have sleep apnea.

5. Visit Ivory Dental at regular intervals

You should schedule your child’s first dental visit no later than your child’s first birthday. Moreover, we always advise going for regular check-ups biannually. Dr. Hull will design the best treatment plan according to the patient’s clinical situation. So, it is possible that we may advise you come in for regular check-ups once every three months.

It is important that you strictly stick to the follow-up plan designed for you. At Ivory Dental, Dr. Hull promotes and practices preventive dental care. We offer a wide range of preventative treatments like fluoride treatment, pit and fissure sealant application, scaling and others. The benefits of regular dental visits should never be overlooked.

If you have any further questions or want to schedule your dental appointment at Ivory Dental, please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!