What resolutions have you made for 2018? We wish you luck with your resolutions, but also ask that you consider focusing on your smile as well. With a few minor changes to your daily routines, you can take great strides towards enjoying a healthier and more attractive smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Your Oral Health

Question: What foods and drinks should I avoid?

Answer: We suggest cutting back on foods high in sugar and other starches, as bacteria will break down the sugar particle left behind on your teeth, a process that increases the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Instead, enjoy more fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, and nuts. We also urge patients to drink more water instead of soda, energy drinks, fruit juice, or sports drinks. Water contains no sugars or acids and instead helps to cleanse the mouth.

Question: Am I flossing correctly?

Answer: To floss correctly, regardless of whether you use a pick, tape, or a waterflosser, you need to reach up and down the length of every tooth. You should clean your teeth every night before bed as well. Flossing reaches places a toothbrush’s bristles cannot, promoting improved oral health and reducing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal problems.

Question: How often should I brush my teeth?

Answer: You need to brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake and again before going to bed. Each session should last two minutes, allowing you time to thoroughly clean every available surface of your teeth.

Question: What’s so great about checkups and cleanings?

Answer: Every six months you should have your teeth cleaned and examined. The cleaning removes the plaque and tartar brushing and flossing cannot, improving oral health. A checkup allows the doctor to look for signs of developing problems and address them before they can worsen.

Do You Need to Schedule a Visit?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can offer tips and treatments to help you enjoy a healthier smile. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.