The Benefits of Preventative Care

The purpose of preventative dentistry is to help you maintain ideal oral health. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), scheduling regular dentist appointments is the best way to ensure the overall health of your teeth and gums. When you schedule an appointment at Bleu Dentistry, our dentist makes sure to teach you proper oral hygiene and daily preventative care methods.

Preventative care includes:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Flossing daily
  • Avoiding smoking and drinking
  • Wearing a mouth guard
  • Replacing your toothbrush 3-4 times a year
  • Avoiding sugars and carbohydrates that feed bacteria
  • Scheduling professional exams and cleanings

By performing regular at-home dental maintenance and periodically scheduling professional dental exams, you can avoid tooth decay, enamel wear, and gum disease. It’s recommended that you visit a dentist twice a year to guarantee your optimum oral health. A dental exam can detect oral abnormalities and dental diseases in their earliest stages. This gives your dentist the ability to prescribe preventative treatments before the medical complications become severe health hazards.

Poor oral hygiene often leads to expensive restorative dental care and medical treatments. For example, a full-mouth reconstruction can cost up to $80,000. Even if you have dental insurance, you’ll likely be paying out-of-pocket for a good portion of the cost. You also need to consider the price of treatments if you develop secondary health complications. Good dental hygiene reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. These are all extremely expensive medical conditions that may be prevented by practicing preventative care methods.

Schedule an Appointment Today

It’s important not to take any chances when it comes to your health. At Bleu Dentistry, our experienced and knowledgeable team is always up-to-date on the latest preventative care treatments. Our cozy Dallas office boasts state-of-the-art technology to ensure your optimum oral health!

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June Is Men’s Health Month

Men are often recognized for their dedication to their family and career but aren’t necessarily as vigilant when it comes to oral health. In fact, a CDC study showed that less than 59 percent of men aged 18 to 64 had had a dental visit within the last year. Since June is Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to focus on oral health no matter your age. With that in mind, here are some tips designed just for you.

Get a Dental Checkup Twice a Year

One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to see your Downtown Dallas dentist at least twice a year. This ensures you have a professional cleaning a minimum of once every six months and gives your dentist a chance to screen for issues ranging from simple cavities to oral cancers. Neglecting your dental care means that problems might not be noticed until they become serious, resulting in more invasive (and expensive) procedures being required than would have otherwise been necessary.

Brush Twice a Day, and Floss Once a Day

Brushing and flossing are the easiest methods for preventing tooth decay and other oral health issues, yet it sadly isn’t a daily habit for everyone. In most cases, just four minutes of brushing a day (two in the morning and two at night) and a couple minutes for flossing is all it takes, making it an easy step to fit into almost any day. If you aren’t brushing and flossing on this schedule, now is a great time to start.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking increases the risk of numerous oral health issues including oral cancer, gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay. Plus, tobacco products stain teeth, causing them to yellow over time, and contribute to bad breath. If you want to learn about methods that can help you quit, speak with your Downtown Dallas dentist at Bleu Dentistry today.

Monitor Medication Side Effects

A range of medications used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease cause dry mouth as a side effect. While it can seem innocuous on the surface, decreased salivary flow increases your risk for cavities. Combat the effects by drinking water frequently, chewing sugarless gum, and using alcohol-free mouth rinses. You should also avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages, and especially salty foods. If the side effect becomes troublesome after home treatments, speak with your dentist at Bleu Dentistry about additional options or products that may help.

By following the tips above, you can improve your overall oral health, so why not start now. Contact Bleu Dentistry at and schedule an appointment today at our Oaklawn dental office.

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Smile

As the days get longer and warmer, many people decide to refresh their homes with a thorough spring cleaning. But when’s the last time you took the same sort of care to refresh your smile? If your oral care habits fell a bit to the wayside over the winter and you want to get things back in shape, here are 5 tips to spring clean your oral health routine (and they’re all dentist approved).

1. CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH

To maintain optimal oral health, your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months or sooner if the bristles begin to appear frayed. Why? Because damaged bristles aren’t as effective at cleaning teeth.

Brushing your teeth is the most critical part of dental care, so you want to make sure your toothbrush is doing a quality job. That way, you can lower your risk of cavities, prevent damaging plaque and tartar buildup, and maintain the health of your gums. So, every time the seasons change, make sure to get a new toothbrush (or toothbrush head) to keep your oral health routine as strong as possible.

2. FLOSS

If you aren’t flossing once a day, now is a great time to start. People who don’t floss may not be removing all of the plaque from between their teeth, even if they are thoroughly brushing twice a day. This means you are at an increased risk of developing tartar, which can lead to gum disease.

Flossing only takes a couple of minutes a day, but can save you a lot of trouble down the road. So, if it isn’t part of your routine, make sure to add it today.

3. CLEAN NIGHT GUARDS

To maintain proper oral health, your night guard needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. This includes custom night guards created by your dentist as well as over the counter models many people choose to use. Every morning when you take your night guard out, make sure to lightly brush all of the surfaces using your toothbrush, then rinse with cold water. You don’t need to apply toothpaste to the brush. Since toothpaste can be abrasive, it may scratch your night guard and cause it to wear out more quickly. It’s important to allow your night guard to dry completely before storing it as to fight rapid bacterial growth. Choose a clean, flat surface to allow your night guard to dry. Usually, it will dry in 15-30 minutes. We recommend that you keep the night guard stored in your bedroom or on your nightstand instead of the bathroom because over time the steam and humidity in the bathroom can cause warping of the night guard.

Once it is time to wear it again, give it another thorough brushing and rinse before placing it on your teeth. You can also complete a weekly deep cleaning by using a denture cleaning tablet (just follow the instructions that come with the tablets).

4. DITCH SUGARY DRINKS

Sugary drinks can do significant damage to your teeth and have other negative impacts on your overall oral health. The problem is that the sugar attaches itself to the surfaces in your mouth, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And, as the bacteria consume the sugars, it leads to the creation of acid that can damage the enamel on the tooth’s surface, increasing the risk of cavities.

5. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE YOUR DALLAS DENTIST

Regular dentist appointments play a big role in maintaining a healthy smile. The standard recommendation is to come in for a cleaning at least once every six months. This ensures the surfaces of your teeth are in good shape and that your mouth is healthy.

If you haven’t seen a dentist in the last six months, set up a thorough spring cleaning for your smile byscheduling an appointment with your dentist at Bleu Dentistry located at 3607 Oaklawn Avenue in Dallas. Our team can make sure your teeth are healthy while refreshing your smile in celebration of spring.