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If you are looking for the best ways to keep your smile safe, our Creekside Dental team is happy to help! Our dentists, Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard, along with the rest of our team are always available to support you in your quest for the healthy smile you deserve.

Today we would like to share some smile tips that will help you create a healthy oral health foundation. We want to help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles by preventing the damaging effects of tooth decay and gum disease. Let’s take a look!

#1 Brush & Floss: It always seems to boil down to the basics, right? But this is for good reason. This daily action can’t be skipped if you are serious about having a healthy smile. Good oral hygiene is the key to a healthy smile. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice each day and flossing them at least once each day. If you are prone to cavities, you may also follow-up with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce germs. This essential daily practice will keep harmful plaque from building up on your teeth and gums.

#2 Nutrition: It is true that what you ingest can affect not only your body but your smile as well. Having healthy teeth and gums depends on consuming healthy food while limiting foods (and beverages) which might wreak havoc in your mouth. This means focusing on consuming healthy dairy products, lean protein along with fresh vegetables and fruits. Likewise, you will want to limit or avoid sugary, starchy, empty-calorie foods which might promote tooth decay and gum disease.

#3 Athletic Guard: If you are actively engaged in sports and high-contact recreational pursuits, we highly recommend wearing an athletic guard to protect your teeth and oral tissues. When it comes to your smile, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!

#4 Professional Dental Checkups: Routine professional dental checkups and cleanings are the perfect accompaniment to your daily oral hygiene regimen. Not only will Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard and our team remove tartar (hardened plaque), we will make sure that you are not showing the symptoms of gum disease and other oral health issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your smile healthy in Yakima, Washington, we invite you to call us at 509.577.8277 to speak with our staff or to schedule and an appointment with our dentist. At Creekside Dental, we look forward to helping you maintain the confident smile you deserve!