The team at Marineland Dental Care would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.
We hope all your favorite teams win all their games (unless they are playing our favorite teams), and we hope 2016 will bring you many happy memories.
We also hope that you will end the year with the same number of teeth that you had when the year started.
To help you achieve that last goal, we have a few friendly “resolutions” that will keep your mouth as healthy as it can be. If you follow them, we’ll be as happy as we can be when we visit our dentist office in Kennewick.
Come see us (please)
We are happy whenever any patients visit us, especially for routine cleanings and exams. This gives us an opportunity to catch up on how you are doing, and it gives us an opportunity to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and strong.
If you are new to the area or looking for a new dentist for yourself or for your family, we would love to meet you, too. Our hope is to help everyone who lives in and around Kennewick maintain their oral health.
Remember to brush and floss daily
In our previous blog, we reviewed the proper way to brush and floss. As a reminder, you should brush twice a day for two minutes every time. Gently scrub your teeth on each side to remove as much bacteria as you can.
Flossing daily will remove bacteria from the places your toothbrush can’t reach — between your teeth and between your teeth and gums.
The bacteria that cause plaque, which causes tooth decay and periodontal disease, live inside your mouth. That’s why it is important for you to make oral hygiene a part of your daily routine.
Quit using tobacco
We don’t know where to begin with tobacco. It’s bad for your health and awful for your mouth.
Tobacco use increases your risk of tooth decay, advanced gum disease, and oral cancer. If you should need gum disease treatment, your tobacco use may make your treatment more difficult, and it will increase the likelihood that your periodontal disease will come back.
Plus, the nicotine and tar in tobacco stain your teeth, and they give you bad breath.
If you have been a long-time tobacco user, we know it can be difficult. We also know the long-term benefits of quitting are worth the effort.
Face your fear of the dentist
By some estimates, 20 percent of the population is afraid of the dentist, and between a quarter and half of those people avoid the dentist completely.
That is not a good way to keep your teeth healthy. Even if you are brushing and flossing, you need professional cleaning by a hygienist every six months.
We understand that dental fear can make coming to our dentist office in Kennewick difficult. It may even be hard to pick up the phone to make an appointment.
That’s one of the reasons we offer dental sedation in our practice. With oral sedation, you can relax, feel comfortable, and receive the dental care that you need. We believe it can help you gradually become more comfortable, and maybe, some day your dental fear will become a thing of the past.
Fix what you don’t like about your smile
Nobody is born with perfect teeth. Hollywood smiles are more likely the result of cosmetic dentistry than genetics. At our office, you can take advantage of any of cosmetic services to get the smile you’ve dreamed about of having.
If you have crooked teeth, our porcelain veneers can straighten your smile.
If you have yellow or discolored teeth, dental crowns, bridges, and veneers could each be an option depending on your specific needs. These can also be used to repair chipped or broken teeth.
This may be the most important thing you can do to make our dental staff at Marineland Dental happy. We love nothing more than seeing our patients and their families in a good mood.
We know that is more likely when your teeth are healthy, when your gums are free of periodontal disease, and when you are pleased with the appearance of your teeth. We also know those things are more likely if you don’t use tobacco and if you take that first step to overcome your dental anxiety and visit our office in Kennewick.
To start 2016 on a good note, schedule your next appointment if you haven’t already done so. Call 509-591-0515 or use our online form to plan your visit.
We look forward to seeing you and your smile soon.