It’s almost time for the New Year, meaning that it’s time for a healthier smile! While you may already have New Years’ resolutions like exercising more and spending less, keep in mind these dental resolutions that will help you better take care of your teeth in the New Year:
Make a Commitment to Floss
While brushing your teeth may be something that’s hard to forget, flossing is certainly overlooked by many patients.This year, make a commitment to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps clean in-between your teeth, spaces and crevices that your toothbrush is unable to reach. By flossing, you’re actually cleaning nearly 40% of your tooth that would otherwise go unchecked and vulnerable to decay!
Eat a Mouth-Healthy Diet
In other words, cut back on sugar! A poor diet of sugary treats and junk food with heavy starches can attract a large amount of plaque that can cause decay. Instead, choose to include more fruits and vegetables. The nutrients in these foods actually benefit your teeth. Dairy products high in calcium are also healthy in maintaining strong teeth. In addition, make an effort to drink more water. It’s not just good for your body; it’s really good for your teeth! Water contains fluoride, a natural mineral that aids in the repairing and protection of tooth enamel.
Visit the Dentist At least Twice
Finally, make sure you stop by our office at least twice this year, around every six months. At each regular visit, we will examine your teeth for any signs of dental or oral complications. We will also provide your teeth with a thorough cleaning by removing plaque and tartar that may have built up on your teeth since your previous visit. Visiting us multiple times in the year will ensure that we are able to give you the right preventative treatments to protect your teeth from decay and gum disease.