Resolve to Visit Our Family Dentist in 2019
When you sit down to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2019, you will probably focus on ways to make your life better.
You might include things like exercising more often, eating healthier, and spending more time with family and friends. We also hope you will consider your oral health as well. By visiting our family dentistry in Chester, VA, you can avoid problems can keep you from reaching those other goals.
Indeed, taking steps to prevent dental problems is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the people you care about. If you haven’t done so already, call 804-717-2099 today to schedule a dental checkup at the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS.
Good Oral Health Starts At Home
You should make preventive care part of your family’s daily hygiene routine. That’s not just our opinion. That’s the recommendation of the American Dental Association. To be more specific, the ADA suggests that you do two things every day.
First, you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day. Use a pea-sized squeeze of toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub your teeth on all sides.
Second, clean between your teeth once per day. Your toothbrush can do a lot, but it’s not the most effective way to clean those spaces between teeth and gums. This is why you should floss daily. You do this with dental floss, flosser, or a water flosser. Find the one that works best for you and your family.
Professional Care Can Save Smiles
Even if you brush and floss regularly, most people don’t follow the ADA recommendations to the letter every single day. There’s a reason more than 90 percent of Americans develop at least one cavity and more than 70 percent (using conservative estimates) will have gum disease at some point in their lives.
Professional cleanings and exams are how we can help. During a dental cleaning, we’ll remove any plaque or tartar buildup that has developed. This can help you avoid decay, periodontal problems, and other issues.
If we do notice symptoms of decay or infections during your exam, we’ll help you make the best decision about what to do. The sooner you fix the problem, the less likely you are to experience issues like toothaches, periodontitis, infected teeth, or tooth loss.
It may go without mentioning, but the earlier you deal with a problem, the more effective your treatment will be. (It will also be less invasive and less expensive at this stage.)
Routine visits to our Chester dentist office could be the difference between needing a filling today or a root canal down the road. We can handle either, but we’re pretty sure we know you would rather avoid both if at all possible.
Let Your Smiles Shine
We hope you have many happy memories throughout 2019, and we hope you capture many of those moments in pictures of with healthy, smiling faces. That’s also why we hope we will see you and your family at Dr. Felton’s office a few times over the next 12 months.