Regular check up and cleaning.
Make sure to come in for checkups at least twice a year. The ADA suggests that the frequency of the regular visits should be tailored by the dentist to accommodate for the patient's current oral health status and health history. In addition, high-risk patients, such as those who smoke or patients with diabetes, may benefit from more frequent visits and cleanings to prevent periodontal disease.
Brush twice, floss once
Reiterate the importance of brushing the teeth two times a day for two minutes. Also remind yourself to floss at least once a day. This simple habit can make a big difference over time. Personally I brush and floss after each meal, and would high recommend every patient to do so.
Realize that fluoride isn't just for children; men benefit from using it, too. Nonprescription toothpastes and mouthwash additives that include fluoride have been shown to prevent dental caries. Fluoride works in three ways:
Athletes: Wear a mouthguard
Men who play sports have a greater chance of experiencing trauma to their mouth or teeth, but you might not know this. So, please make sure to wear a mouthguard and a helmet (as appropriate) when you are playing contact sports, including baseball, basketball, football, and soccer, or when you're involved in individual sports, such as riding a bike, motorcycle, or horse.
If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco,try hard to give up the habit because you are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer, gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay. Tobacco also contributes to bad breath and stains the teeth.
Be aware of medication side effects
If you are on medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, and even depression, your medication might cause dry mouth, which inhibits your salivary flow and increases the risk for cavities. You can ease your dry mouth by drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum, using an alcohol-free mouth rinse, and avoiding overly salty foods, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. If you follow the tips outlined above, you will be proud to show off your pearly whites on Father's Day, as well as throughout the year.
Please note: The same guidelines apply to women.