I am back at work today after a week and a half long vacation. So far it has been a slow morning at the office. In the couple of weeks prior to the holidays the phone was ringing constantly and it seemed like everyone had a dental emergency. Today it is quiet, like the calm after the storm.

New Years is all about resolutions. I have some dental new year resolution suggestions for 2010.

1. Buy an electric tooth brush. Electric tooth brushes are the best at removing plaque and keeping gums healthy. They prevent tartar build up and give teeth a smooth polished feeling. Patients that I see six months after they have started using an electric tooth brush always have cleaner mouths. Costco has the best deals on electric brushes- they sell the Oral B and the Sonicare brands.

2. Floss once a day. I am sure you have heard the old saying that you only need to floss the ones you want to keep. Flossing helps removed plaque between the teeth and around the gum line. Daily flossing prevents cavities between the teeth and makes the gums and bone that hold the teeth in the mouth much healthier.

3. Bleach your teeth. There are so many affordable ways to have a whiter brighter smile. My favorite is ZOOM! Whitening. After about an hour of in office ZOOM! Whitening you will have whiter teeth. Current price for this procedure is $200!

4. Stop bad habits. Smoking and drinking soda are the two biggest culprits of dental problems. Smoking can lead to severe gum disease, as well as cancers of the mouth and throat. Drinking soda throughout the day can cause lots of cavities. By the way, diet soda is just as bad as regular soda. The carbonation is just as big of a problem as the sugar in the beverage.

5. Visit the dentist twice a year. It is important to have your teeth professional cleaned and evaluated. Gum surgery, root canals, and crowns can be prevented if your teeth are consistently maintained and checked for disease.

Happy New Year!

Kari Ann Hong, DDS
1000 Newbury Road, Suite 190
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

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