It’s a new year and most of you probably have a resolution or two (or three of four). But what better resolution could there be than paying some attention to your teeth? Especially after the holiday treats, sweets and indulgences. My guess is that your teeth and smile need a little TLC.
Here are a few resolution suggestions to get you started toward a healthy and beautiful smile in 2020…
- Let’s make a date! Are you seeing the dentist as often as you should (twice a year)? Start 2020 off right with scheduling a routine dental cleaning and visit to our office. Routine visits can help prevent oral disease, reveal existing or potential problems or just give your teeth a much needed cleaning (to get to all those places you can’t reach with regular brushing!). Don’t wait for a problem to arise – schedule a routine visit today and let’s get your year off to a healthy start.
- Make a commitment! It’s easy to break your routine during the holidays. But the first of the year is a good time to re-establish your habits and routines. Remember you should be brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing after meals and whenever possible rinsing with water.
- Up your game! It’s never too late to learn something new so make sure your tooth brushing technique is doing the job. Here is what is recommended: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Pay attention to your food! Dieting isn’t just a resolution that is good for your overall health. Limiting sweets and sugary beverages can be just as good for your dental health as it is for your overall health. Also be sure to include lots of fruits and veggies in your diet!
- Kick the habit! There is no better time to finally quit smoking. Smoking isn’t just bad for your overall health; it’s detrimental to your dental health too. If you smoke, you double your risk for gum disease and run a greater risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession and throat, lung and oral cancer. You can also experience tooth loss. Make this the year you finally quit!
- Water, water and more water… Just like with your diet, if you add more water into your diet, you’ll see benefits to not only your overall health but to your dental health as well. Not only will drinking more water help you eat better and consume less sugar, it will also help wash away bacteria left on your teeth throughout the day, which means a decreased risk for cavities and tooth decay. So this year, make a resolution to drink more water and reap the benefits!
As you ring in this New Year and look ahead to tackle those resolutions, don’t forget your teeth. Make your dental health part of your upcoming year. Most importantly, schedule your visit to our office so we can be a part of it and help you get that beautiful smile and keep it healthy!
Happy New Year!