Dr. Jensen’s top 5 tips to maintaining a healthy smile

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Many people dislike going to the dentist and don’t put enough time and energy into taking good care of their teeth and overall oral health. At Rogue River Family Dental in Rockford, Dr. Chas Jensen and his team wants to work with you to achieve a healthy smile every step of the way.  

Here are Dr. Jensen’s top five tips to maintaining a healthy smile:   

1.    Keeping regular check-ups and cleanings
I don’t just want to see you when you have a problem.  Our team at Rogue River Family Dental wants to see you and your family every six months for regular cleanings and check-ups.  Think of it as preventative maintenance on your vehicle, only in regards to your smile!  Millions of Americans don’t see the dentist regularly enough, and are putting themselves at risk of more serious problems later in life.  Schedule an appointment with me today by calling 616-866-7720. 

2.    Flossing frequently enough
I like to tell my patients to try and floss at least once a day (check out some of my tips here!).  Floss removes particles of food that get stuck between your teeth causing decay, plaque buildup and gum disease.  Make flossing easy by leaving it out in a place you will use it every day, or bring floss with you to work or leave it in your car.  The easier it is to access, the more often you will floss!     

3.    Limiting soda or sugary drinks
Soft drinks are highly acidic and can erode the enamel on your teeth.   I encourage my patients to stick to water or unsweetened tea if possible.  If you really must have a can of pop, drink it in one sitting.  Sipping on a sugary beverage all day is the worst thing you can do to your teeth (learn more on sugary drinks here).  Brush or use mouthwash afterward drinking soda to minimize the negative effects.  

4.    Getting yourself a new toothbrush
Rinse your toothbrush when you are through with it and get yourself a new one every three to four months.  An old toothbrush can be a breeding ground for germs and worn out bristles don’t clean your teeth very well.  Never keep your toothbrush too close to someone else’s either as this is an easy way to spread germs.  If you really want to make me smile, get yourself an electric toothbrush (check out my top recommendations)!  

5.    Paying attention to warning signs
As your dentist, I want nothing but the best for your family’s oral health.  Listening to your dentist’s recommendations and taking them seriously is important and will save you from more serious issues in the future.  If you are experiencing any pain, bleeding gums, bad breath or dry mouth I want to see you and can help. 

If you are looking for a new dentist in Rockford, Michigan, give Dr. Jensen a call at 616-866-7720.  We look forward to getting to know your entire family!