January 25, 2018
Your smile requires some love and care to stay healthy and there are a lot of ways that you can damage it if you’re not careful. If you’d like some professional advice on the things you should do and not do when it comes to keeping your grin looking, feeling, and working great, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 to book a consultation with us.
We offer a broad range of general dentistry services and much more at our Kansas City, MO dentist office. We want to be your one-stop shop for oral health services for your smile and those of your loved one as well. We complete continuing education regularly to better serve patients of all ages in our local city and surrounding communities.
If you decide to become one of our newest happy patients, you can take advantage of some of the specials and promotions we currently have for dental cleanings and exams. Visit us today and you’ll be able to get:
- A new patient exam with digital radiographs for only $39
- A dental cleaning add-on for just $79
We accept many options for payment for your convenience. Paying for the health services you need can be stressful and we want to do our best to make things a little easier for you. We even accept third-party financing through CareCredit.
We also make it easier for you to fit in your dental care by offering some extended hours that a lot of other dental offices do not. For example, you can book an early appointment with us at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday or even see us extra early at 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays. You can also visit us late until:
- 6:00 p.m. on Mondays
- 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Habits That Can Make Or Break Your Oral Health And Beauty
Did you know that your enamel is the single strongest material that appears in your entire body? And did you know that, despite that strength, some bad habits can quickly cause some serious damage to your pearly whites?
To help your teeth and gums maintain good health and a great appearance as well, you should keep up some regular oral hygiene habits. If you aren’t already, you should:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth, gums, and tongue for two minutes at least twice a day
- Floss between all of your teeth at least once daily
- Clean your mouth with a mouthwash or rinse that is recommended by the American Dental Association if desired or recommended
You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year (every six months) to get a professional cleaning and exam. Not only will we use specials tools to clean your mouth in a way that brushing and flossing alone simply can’t, we will also check for signs of oral health problems and treat them early before the issue gets worse.
Then, of course, there are the things that you may be doing, not even realizing that you are causing damage to your smile. Here are just a few bad habits that, if you are doing them, you should try to stop as soon as possible:
- Biting your nails – your nails are made of a protein called keratin, and while it is much softer than your enamel, it can cause damage to your teeth if you make biting your nails a habit
- Brushing your teeth too hard or too often – even oral hygiene can be too much of a good things sometimes if you are using too much force or brushing your teeth more than you should
- Teeth grinding and clenching – you may grind your teeth due to a TMJ disorder, stress or some other problem, but regardless of why you grind or clench, you should find a way to stop to avoid tooth damage
- Chewing ice cubes – while this can be somewhat refreshing depending on your preference, chewing ice can be very tough on teeth and even lead to chips
- Using your teeth as a tool – this is something that just about everyone has done at some point or another, but using your teeth to open bottles or other containers can be a bad thing for oral health