5 Steps to Better Dental Health in 2017

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, are you keeping them? Many of us start out in January with the best of intentions for improving one or more areas of our lives. However, it’s all too easy to fall back into old habits. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until the end of 2017 to make positive changes for your health. But while diet and exercise often take center stage, your dental health is equally important. As a dentist serving the Charleston and James Island, SC area, Dale Probst, DMD would like to share the following steps you can take for better dental health this year.

  1. Don’t forget to brush and floss! It’s just about the most basic dental advice you can get. Brush your teeth at least two times a day for approximately two minutes. Then floss at least once a day, preferably before you go to bed.
  2. Use the right type of toothbrush. Toothbrushes that are too hard can actually hurt your gums and teeth. Softer bristles will clean better and be more comfortable for you.
  3. Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Just because your dentist gives you a toothbrush doesn’t mean you should use it until your next visit. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every four months or when the bristles start to look worn.
  4. Brush your teeth correctly. Did you realize that improper brushing techniques can be bad for your oral health? To really make it count, brush with gentle, short strokes. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and make sure you cover all surfaces of your teeth.
  5. Visit your dentist twice a year. Regular visits to your family dentist will help your teeth and gums stay in the best shape possible. While you’re there, you can also receive advice on cosmetic dentistry or other services.

If you’re looking for a cosmetic, general, or family dentist near you in Charleston or James Island, SC, call the office of Dale Probst, DMD. We’re currently accepting new patients and would love to welcome you to our practice. Call today for an appointment.