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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

Free Dental Exam and X-RaysA brand new year means a fresh start for all areas of life, including dental health. Cosmetic dentist in Beaverton Dr. Bruna da Costa and his team at Harmony Dental offer these helpful tips for your New Year’s Resolutions resulting in a healthy smile.

Not Just Brushing and Flossing

You might be thinking, “I brush and floss every day. Isn’t that enough for good dental care?” While these habits make an excellent foundation for good dental care, it’s time to get pickier when it comes to thorough technique.

For brushing your teeth, it’s time to make sure that you are brushing for a full two to three minutes. In our culture of instant gratification, it’s easy to brush for less time and then think we’re done. However, we really need to take the full amount of time necessary to ensure a healthy smile. It’s also essential to brush all surfaces of your teeth. This includes those back teeth that are hard to reach. Consider an electric toothbrush that has a timer built in.

Flossing is one of those habits that is easy to put off. If you are already flossing your teeth on a regular basis, dentist in Tigard, OR Dr. Bruna da Costa and his team are ecstatic! Just make sure that when you floss, you are paying enough attention to the gum tissue. Avoid only flossing the top and middle areas between teeth, which is easy to do. Instead, gently floss all the way into the gum line that surrounds teeth. If you haven’t flossed before, you might see a little bit of blood – don’t be too concerned. Over time, the gum tissue will become used to your flossing habit.

However, if your gum tissue is swollen, red or bleeding, Dr. da Costa and his team strongly encourage you to make an appointment at Harmony Dental. Their compassionate and gentle care can help you avoid potential problems that could develop from avoiding this visit.

Brightening Your Healthy Smile

Over time, teeth can become dull and lifeless. If you drink common favorites like coffee or tea, this can lead to darkened teeth due to staining. If you’d like to brighten your smile, consider the simple teeth whitening program offered by Dr. da Costa and his team. Not only will this program help brighten your teeth, it can keep your dental visits on track for a healthy smile.

Share Your Grin Goal

At Harmony Dental, Dr. da Costa and his team care about your overall health. We want to hear about your personal New Year’s Resolutions, and encourage you to come in and share your Grin Goals. Believe it or not, many of them can contribute to a healthy smile! Call us at (503) 639-6900 to schedule your appointment!

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