As we all know, the New Year is a time for resolutions and reflections. For many people, it’s a time to take control of their health; maybe lose a little weight, get back into the gym, or kick some bad habits. But since your dental health is such an important part of your overall wellness, the New Year is also a great time to get motivated about rewarding your teeth and mouth.
Improve Your Toothbrushing and Flossing Routine
Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and toothpaste.
Remember, your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed.
Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking.
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.
Quit 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. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.
Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® can help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your mouth and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your needs and schedule.