Summerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada
Your smile works hard for you all year long. It makes a good impression, and it provides nutrition as you chew your food. Thanksgiving is almost here and heralds the kickoff of the holiday season—a time of year that can damage your teeth if you aren’t careful. Protect them, and show thanks to your smile, by following these tips as provided by your Las Vegas dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson at Inspire Dental of Summerlin.
- Stay on schedule with your dentist: Remember, the American Dental Association recommends that each person visit their dentist at least twice a year for a check-up. At this appointment, your dentist should examine your teeth and mouth for any changes that could be symptoms of a developing problem. Also, your teeth will receive a thorough professional cleaning, which is the only way to remove all the cavity-causing bacteria and plaque from your mouth. If you got off schedule this past year, get back on track by making an appointment—either now or right after the holidays. After all, no one wants to ring in the new year with a cavity.
- Pick up some sugar-free gum: If you have a sweet tooth, chewing sugar-free gum can be a great way to manage cravings without exposing your mouth to the sugars that can fuel the development of tooth decay. Chewing gum has its own benefits; it stimulates saliva production, which helps to remove any food particles and bacteria that may have stuck on or between your teeth.
- Drink more water: Did you know that water is the healthiest beverage? Water is sugar-free, calorie-free, and contains no acids. It helps wash away food particles and bacteria from your mouth. Even just rinsing out your mouth after you eat can help prevent the accumulation of cavity-causing plaque, at least until you have a chance to brush and floss again.
- Maintain your routine: In addition to keeping up a regular schedule of dental appointments, make sure to maintain a daily regimen of oral hygiene that includes brushing twice per day, flossing daily, and using an oral rinse such as an antibacterial mouthwash.
Preventive dental care in Las Vegas
Sports fans probably have heard the old credo that the best defense is a good offense. The same holds true when it comes to your oral health. At Inspire Dental of Summerlin, we offer preventive care services to our patients in Las Vegas and Summerlin. Preventive care procedures may refer to diagnostic tests such as X-rays, which can help identify problems with your teeth and mouth long before they manifest obvious symptoms, as well as procedures such as sealants and fluoride treatments, which provide additional fortification against tooth decay. Also, custom-made mouthguards prevent you from grinding your teeth at night or to protect you from dental injuries while competing in a contact sport.
The American Dental Association estimates that more than 1.65 million individuals visit the emergency room each year due to a problem related to their dental health. Regular visits to your Summerlin dentist, in combination with preventive care, can decrease your risk of one of these issues from occurring, especially during the holidays. Set up yourself for good oral health in the year ahead. To learn more about our services, call the office of Inspire Dental of Summerlin today at (702) 331-4700.
Inspire Dental of Summerlin is proud to care for patients in the areas of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin in Nevada.