DO: know your past
“Being aware of a family history of periodontal disease, decay rate, and orthodontic issues can be beneficial in managing your oral health,” says Kelly Kochan, DDS, who practices in Mount Kisco.
DO: practice prevention
“As far as prevention goes, the most important thing is how well you maintain your mouth at home,” says Kochan. “Brush, preferably with an electric toothbrush, for two minutes, twice a day, and floss, proxy-brush or Waterpik to clean between the teeth. It’s a good idea to also brush your tongue once a day.”
DO: watch what you eat
“Excess sugars in candy, soda, and sports drinks aren’t good for your general or dental health, and can cause tooth decay,” Kochan warns
“Stay away from smoking, including e-cigs,” advises Kochan.
DON’T: avoid dental visits
“Many Millennials don’t have dental insurance or are struggling financially,” says Kochan. “But it’s important and is worth the investment.”