You're tired of hearing that you've got a cavity. And none of us like telling you that your smile is hiding disease, either. Our ultimate goal is to never see a cavity in your mouth again - and for you to avoid the discomfort and anxiety that can be associated with fillings and drilling. Not only will you feel better in the present day, you'll be able to enjoy a preserved smile that really lasts.

So what's the secret? You already know that there isn't one magical step that's going to keep cavities and gum disease at bay (although we do wish that existed). But decay prevention also doesn't have to be complicated. If you make oral health a daily priority, then you can keep your smile in top shape. All you need to do is spend a few minutes each day on cleaning and care. It really is that simple.

By embracing the tips we detail in this blog post, you'll see a stellar smile in the new year - and in the years that follow 2015.

Keep Your Dental Exams on Schedule (Don't Worry, We'll Help Out)

We know that this tip might seem obvious, but it goes so often overlooked. Many dental problems can only be noticed by a trained eye and expert diagnostic tools. Cavities often develop between your teeth, in places that are invisible to anything other than an x-ray. In these cases, the problem won't be noticeable to you until it has grown to a dangerous size, and begun to cause you pain.

By scheduling exams every 6 months, you give Dr. Okamura a chance to spot issues before they become more serious. In addition to checking for cavities, we'll look for signs of gingivitis and screen for oral cancer. These routine checks will keep your smile in superb shape, and prevent discomfort and loss of tooth structure.

Listen to Your Teeth (They Know Best!)


Your teeth will tell you when something is wrong. You need to do your part by making sure that you respond. If something about your mouth is changing, there's probably something not-so-great behind that change. When you notice any of the following, it's time to check in with our office:

  • Lingering tooth pain
  • Pressure below your teeth
  • Bleeding, tender, or puffy gums
  • Flat surfaces on your teeth
  • Sore or exhausted-feeling jaw

Take a Second Look at Your (Not So?) Healthy Diet

Everything you eat and drink passes over your teeth. Depending on your dietary choices, the things you're consuming each day might not be doing your teeth any favors. You should ensure that your snacks and meals are low in sugar and high in nutrients to keep them from harming your smile. The good news? Foods and drinks that are great for your teeth are also great for your body!

And if you've been struggling to kick the soda habit, make 2015 your year. Sugary, carbonated beverages are one of the top causes of decay, as well as systemic health problems.

Protect Your Teeth From Dangerous Situations

You may be exposing your teeth to potential harm, without even knowing it. That's why tooth protection is the name of the game. Whether you're playing sports or saving them from nighttime grinding, a mouth guard will keep your enamel strong.

Worn or damaged teeth look older and unkempt. By simply getting a custom mouth guard, you can help preserve the appearance, health, and youthfulness of your grin.

Ready to schedule your next exam, or get answers to your oral health questions? We're standing by. Contact our Seattle office today!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.