Dr. Evelyn Maruko of Maruko Orthodontics has three New Year's resolutions that she suggests you add to your list!
1. Floss every day - As the saying goes, "You don't have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep." Floss removes plaque that can't be removed by brushing. As we age, the leading cause of tooth loss is not cavities or trauma, but gum (periodontal) disease. Flossing is the best prevention of periodontal disease.
2. Brush two times a day - Two is the magic number. Be sure to brush your teeth morning and night, for 2 minutes each time.
3. Drink water - Cut down on sugary drinks, like soda and sports drinks. Carbonated soft drinks have a lot of sugar and acids that can cause tooth decay. Juices and sports drinks also contain too much sugar. And diet sodas still have the acids that can erode your teeth. Your best bet is to drink water and at least rinse your mouth with water after having one of the other drinks.
Healthier teeth can lead to a brighter smile and more smiling puts you and the people around you in a happier mood. Smiles are very important to us, so we want to see you make sure you attain your very best smile! Maruko Orthodontics wishes all of our patients and their families in the Orange County, CA and surrounding areas a very happy and successful 2014!