When you think of making health changes in the New Year, what comes to mind? Likely losing weight, exercising regularly and even eating more fruits and vegetables.
However, your oral health should also be considered and there’s no better time than the start of the year to make the necessary changes and enhancements to your dental routine.
Keep reading for tips on how you can get the New Year started off right…so you’re smiling all year long!
Your New Year healthy mouth checklist
Studies have and continue to indicate that proper oral health is key to maintaining good overall health. And when it comes to strong teeth, a healthy mouth and a brilliantly white smile, some things are simply non-negotiable.
First and foremost, as you begin the New Year, make a commitment to scheduling your first dental checkup of the year (and one every six months thereafter). Regardless of how thorough you are with your at-home dental regimen, there is simply no substitute for a professional dental cleaning.
During your cleaning, your dentist and hygienist can not only clean hard-to-reach areas of the teeth and mouth to remove plaque buildup, they can also determine if additional treatment is necessary. Further, they are able to identify potential issues, some that could be serious, that may be looming. Ex-rays can also shed light on your oral health and should be done annually.
Likewise, an oral cancer screening should be done every year. This is a very thorough exam that involves examining your mouth’s soft tissues, cheeks, roof of mouth, tongue and the mouth’s floor, along with the lips for any lesions or underlying bumps that you may not even be aware of. Any suspicious findings are biopsied and sent out to a lab for exact diagnosis. Oral cancer screenings are vital because early detection can literally save your life.
And finally, make your at-home dental care a top priority. This means ensuring that you and your family brush twice daily and floss once a day. You should also take care to change your toothbrush at least every three months.
Dr. Milan is here for you
As a longstanding dentist and cosmetic dentist in Birmingham, MI, Dr. Mitchell Milan has helped countless people just like you get their healthiest teeth and mouth possible. He has also diagnosed cases of oral cancer on folks who were completely unaware that any issues were arising. To him, there is no part of his job of greater importance.
Additionally, Dr. Milan has helped people understand what they can do to keep their oral health at its prime. Not to mention he takes immense pride in helping your smile look its best through a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments. Whether you’re suffering with painful teeth and gums, yellowing teeth, teeth that are chipped or cracked, or even bad breath, we have solutions.
The New Year is a wonderful time to put your oral health and, in turn, your overall health, first. Contact Dr. Milan today for your appointment and begin your journey to optimum wellness now.