5 Tips for Choosing a Dentist
You know going to the dentist on a regular basis is very important. What you don’t know, however, is exactly where to go. In a busy metropolitan area like Houston, there are many options! How can you even begin choosing just one? Experts recommend following these five tips:
#1 Ask others for recommendations. Ask trusted family members, friends who live nearby, neighbors, or coworkers what they like about their dentist. You can even ask your primary care physician for a referral. In fact, asking your co workers is probably best if they have the same insurance through the employer as you do. Doing so means you already know the dentist is covered by your dental insurance. This brings us to our next point…
#2 Know your dental health benefits. If you have dental insurance, you may not have carte blanche to go wherever you’d like. Your dentist may be determined by your dental health plan. Dental HMOs limit your choice of dentist to a member within the HMO network. If you have a PPO plan, visiting a network dentist can make a difference in your copayment levels.
#3 Find a place that is convenient. Do you prefer a dentist location near your work, the kids’ school, or your home? Do you need to schedule appointments into the evening or on Saturdays? How far away is it? Even if you find a dentist you like, if this office isn’t able to accommodate you it doesn’t solve your problem. A 45-minute drive through downtown rush hour traffic isn’t going to feel like you found a great new dentist for very long!
#4 Find a place that can see the entire family. A Houston pediatric dentist is one who specializes in treating children and teens. One dentist for you and another for your kids is going to get confusing and annoying before long. This is why many families like going to a dental office that has it all under one roof!
#5 Evaluate the dentist after your first appointment. During your initial visit, check the office to make sure it’s clean, sanitized, neat, and orderly. How friendly are staff members who greet you in the front lobby? Do they handle your young ones with care? How child-friendly is the office? How far in advance do you need to schedule regular checkups or cleanings? Is the dentist gentle in his or her care? If you aren’t able to answer honestly with the results you were hoping for, start over again! There’s no rule that you have to stay with a Houston dental office you aren’t completely happy with.
5 Tips to Maintain Good Oral Health
We all want a beautiful smile. We should want more than just pearly whites, though. You should focus on healthy teeth, not just teeth that you like to show off. This means knowing how to build and maintain good oral health. Don’t worry; it isn’t difficult to do! Simply:
#1 Brush your teeth
We know that you know you should brush your teeth, but we also know how hard it can be to remember to do. You’re so busy, especially in the morning. You wake up in the morning and hit the ground running. If you aren’t careful, brushing and flossing your teeth may be forgotten. This is why many dental experts recommend that you set a simple “brush your teeth” alarm in your smartphone. Now it is one less thing you have to remember.
#2 Drink plenty of water
You may need a coffee to get you going, but it’s important to switch to water after that. Water is one of the best ways to keep your mouth clean throughout the day. It washes away tiny pieces of food debris before it can form a cavity. It also helps with saliva production, so dry mouth never becomes an issue. If you always have a glass of water within reach while you’re working, it will be so easy to get your recommended daily value of about 11 glasses in without even thinking about it.
#3 Eat health snacks
Snacks that are full of carbs and sugar tend to be our favorites. They are pretty yummy! They’re often simply not worth the toll they take on your body, though, including your teeth. That doesn’t mean you need to go snack-free. If you want to keep your mouth and body healthy, look for these healthier alternatives at the grocery store:
Hummus with carrots or celery
Apples and peanut butter
Focus on lots of protein, and as little sugar as possible.
#4 Focus on kicking any bad habits
Your teeth are for smiling and chewing food- nothing else! Nail biting, chewing ice, and using teeth as tools are a few of the worst things a person can do with their teeth. These bad habits increase the risk for damaged teeth, putting germs into your mouth, and cuts on the gums that can lead to further diseases and infections.
Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential for maintaining good oral health for both children and adults. Don’t put this off because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. As long as the patient is healthy and hasn’t come into contact with anyone who is ill in the past few weeks, he or she should continue to attend their six-month cleanings.
You shouldn’t be nervous to visit the dentist when it’s time to go! We completely understand you want to be cautious during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Know that Complete Dental has taken every precaution necessary in order to keep our patients and their families safe.