It’s easy to get complacent about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we remind you that committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and improve your quality of life, and that cosmetic dentistry can repair the effects of neglect.
Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth properly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss thoroughly before bed.
Good: See us right away if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
Best: Have a thorough dental exam and cleaning with us every six months.
A White Smile
Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an over-the-counter tooth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.
Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, durable, and natural-functioning dental implant. (Consult with Dr. Ortega to find out if you are a good candidate for an implant.)
Good: Eat a nutritious diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a sensible diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugary snacks, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.
For Young Smiles
Good: Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. When toddlers start drinking from sippy cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous advice and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday, or when the first tooth comes in (whichever comes first).
Best: In addition, speak with us about dental sealants when your child is young. And when your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouth guard.
At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we are dedicated to the best in dentistry. We want each of our patients to have a beautiful, healthy smile. We can improve it with cosmetic dentistry procedures, like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. Schedule an appointment today.
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