While flossing and brushing twice a day are the first steps to keeping your teeth healthy, the DeWan Dental Wellness hygienists are your next best defense for preventing and treating dental problems. They take your x-rays, clean your teeth, discuss your dental health, take your blood pressure, screen for oral cancers, teach you how to care for your teeth and much more. You can bet that that our hygienists have a lot of insight to share! Here are some of their words of wisdom:
Beyond the obvious dangers of too many sweets, did you know that what you eat can affect your oral health? Bacteria and inflammation thrive in an acidic environment, so choose or at least finish a meal with alkalized food. For acid, think tomatoes and oranges. Examples of alkalized foods are pineapple, cheese, nuts and cucumbers.
Small changes = big benefits
“There’s always room for improvement even in the most healthy mouth,” said Brea, one of our dental hygienists. “Sometimes just angling your toothbrush in a new way can remove even more plaque. Small changes equal big benefits. And I love it when people return to us and tell us that our advice worked!”
Your kids are braver than you think
“Parents are usually pleasantly surprised by their child’s response to dental treatment,” said Michelle, also a rock-star hygienist. “And most kids are proud to come back to the clinic by themselves.”
Of course our awesome prize box filled with princess crowns and whoopee cushions might be quite the motivator.
Baby teeth matter
Tooth decay is an epidemic for American children. And if problems on baby teeth are not treated, those same problems get transferred to adult teeth.
“It’s my number one concern,” said Brea. “I’ve made it my mission to teach parents how to care for their children’s teeth.”