Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
For some reason or another, men tend not to go to the dentist as often as women, and therefore, their oral health isn’t always as good. However, once they tie the knot, married men are more likely than bachelors to visit the dentist.
This leaves us concerned about single men. Dr. Nicol Cook, a family dentist in Poway, has some great oral health care tips for all of the bachelors out there.
Why take care of your teeth?
It’s probably safe to assume that if men really knew the importance of taking care of their teeth, they’d be doing it already, which is why we want to take a minute to highlight the importance of oral care.
Improve your career: Healthy, attractive teeth are more likely to land you that job, promotion, or higher salary.
Improve your intimate life: Studies have proven that a smile is the first thing most people notice about others and that having a great-looking smile means you are more likely to get a second date.
Improve your self-confidence: You probably think about your smile more than anyone else, and if you don’t like what is staring back at you in the mirror, it likely affects your self-confidence.
So, here is how to keep your oral health in check:
- Brushing and flossing does wonders
One of the first steps to improving your oral health is to take good care of your teeth because they won’t take care of themselves. Commit to a routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing daily. You are probably wondering, “Do I really need to floss?” The answer is yes! Not flossing means that you skip cleaning roughly a third of the surfaces of your teeth. Think about it this way, you wouldn’t wash only part of your body when you shower, would you? Your teeth shouldn’t be treated any different. Flossing is the tried and true way to remove bacteria and food particles from between your teeth, which otherwise would be left behind on your teeth causing bad breath, inflamed gums, and dingy teeth.
- A better diet for better teeth
There is one component affecting oral health that most people don’t think of or pay any attention to – diet. If you consume too much junk food or sweets, candy, and soda, the more likely you will have problems with your oral health such as cavities. While we won’t say that you can’t enjoy some of those indulgences once in a while, it’s the frequency of which you consume sugary treats that you have to be careful of. Snacking on these unhealthy foods throughout the day, especially if it becomes a habit, means that your teeth are constantly being bathed in sugar. However, if you enjoy sweets or a soda occasionally, it shouldn’t have a noticeable impact on your oral health. Just be sure to rinse out your mouth with water afterward or brush your teeth if you have access to do so.
- Visit your dentist
We already know that men are less likely to visit their dentist, but there really are benefits to following through with your twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Only through a professional dental cleaning can plaque or tartar buildup be removed from your teeth, even if you are brushing and flossing as you should. Removing this buildup makes your teeth look brighter and whiter, improves your breath, and keeps your oral health in check. We also have an opportunity during these visits to identify any problems with your teeth and gums that need addressing. Early detection helps you maintain good oral health and a gorgeous smile. So, go ahead and make room in your schedule for your six-month checkups twice a year. The results are well worth it!
Dentist in Poway
If you would like to learn about other ways to keep your oral health in check or to schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.