Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to make resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their brushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment.
Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key to any resolution that you make.
Improving Tooth Brushing and Flossing Habits: For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day.
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices: An important part of keeping your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially when snacking. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking.
Improving Your Smile: In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep or surface stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be administered by a dentist, or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use.
Braces: Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite. Correcting this problem with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth, so be sure to ask us what they are during your next visit.
Restorative Dentistry: The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.
Stop Using Tobacco Products: Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use.
Routine Dental Visits: A resolution to make visits to the dentist every 6 months may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage.
Following these tips will ensure a happy and orally healthy 2018…Happy New Year!