With the new year approaching, you’re probably jotting down some New Year’s resolutions you’d like to follow. Rather than making the same gym routine resolutions this year, commit to improving your overall oral health. After all, it’s just as important as being in shape.
Gum disease and discolored teeth aren’t the only things you’re risking by not keeping up with your dental hygiene routine. Oral health issues have been linked to other serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and respiratory infections.
5 Resolutions for Your Teeth
- Quit with the Tobacco: Chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and cigars can cause mouth cancer and extreme damage to your teeth. Tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease and causes plaque buildup, yellow teeth, and halitosis.
- Floss Daily: You probably hear this every time you go to the dentist, but it’s super important. Flossing is a small step you can take to remove excess food particles, prevent plaque buildup, and contribute to a whiter smile. It’s a great complement to brushing your teeth, as floss helps remove the food in between your teeth.
- Whiten Your Teeth: This is one resolution that won’t affect your oral health, but it can boost your self-confidence. However, we do recommend professional whitening over drugstores products.
- Schedule Your Dental Appointments: Not one person enjoys getting a cavity filled or getting a root canal, so why skip your six-month check-up? Your dentist appointments are our opportunity to prevent decay and serious dental work.
- Drink Lots of Water: A well-hydrated body produces more and healthier saliva, which is important for rinsing your teeth between brushing. Whatever your body weight is, cut that number in half and aim to drink that many ounces of water each day.
Your Dentist Knows Best
If you want to up your dental hygiene game this new year, be sure to start by vising your dentist. My Dentist is currently accepting new patients, so be sure to contact us to make your appointment! We offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, emergency services, and more.