We love seeing you in our office and helping you down a healthy path, but we just don’t see you often enough to do more than diagnose/treat pressing problems. While we can take care of situations in which you need a little extra help (filling cavities, periodontal treatment, cosmetic enhancements), we can’t build a strong foundation of dental health for you. Your own actions and daily treatment of your teeth and body determine your oral health. What Dr. Kim Okamura and our team can do is provide you with simple tips to make every day a tooth-healthy one. Read on for some oral hygiene motivation.

Seattle Dental Tips for Dental Health

  • Read up on brushing and flossing techniques. We’ve all been brushing and flossing since we were kids. Over time, it’s simple to slip into habits that are less than effective. After all, there aren’t exactly any incentives to research proper brushing and flossing! Fact of the matter is, cleaning your teeth correctly will save time and prevent decay. Check out these guides to brush up on your technique (and please forgive our pun).
  • Reevaluate your diet. Switching out your lunchtime snack for a tooth-friendlier option can make a big difference. Cheese, nuts, raw veggies, and yogurt are great for your teeth and delicious to eat. Dried fruit, citrus fruits, and bread (complex carbs) aren’t so nice to your enamel. Swap an afternoon soda for an iced tea or glass of water to treat your teeth right and feel more refreshed.
  • Clean teeth as soon as possible after eating. Bacteria and acids begin attacking your teeth the moment food hits your mouth. Brushing or even rinsing with water after snacking will minimize damage.
  • Protect your teeth – from themselves! Countless adults grind their teeth at night without realizing. Chronic grinding will wear enamel down and lead to cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. A mouth guard will prevent your teeth from harming one another when you’re unconscious.

Checking In With Your Seattle Dentist To Maintain Healthy Teeth

It goes without saying, but we must implore: schedule regular dental appointments so that we can be sure there aren’t any problems developing. The appropriate appointment interval is different for everyone, so ask Dr. Okamura how often she’d like to see you.

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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.