January 20, 2021
New Year, New You: New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile
New Year Greetings!
Yes… It’s a New Year. You may have already started to work towards your New Year’s goals. Most of us set new our resolutionson having a healthier lifestyle in the New Year. Why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions about improving your dental health too?
Healthy resolutions can keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following strategies will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile always.
1. Healthy Food is a MUST!
Fibrous food helps keep your teeth and gums clean. Include celery, carrots, other crunchy veggies, leafy greens, nuts, and more in regular diet. This is your best natural protection against cavities and gum disease, alongside proper home dental treatment.
2. No Compromise on Water
For most of our health problems, water is a very simple and effective solution! Water can make you fresh, improves your mood, helps digestion and metabolism, relieves headaches and migraines, increasing the rate the body burns fat, keep your mouth clean and more. Avoid your regular tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, and add more water instead.
3. Bye-bye to Smoking and Tobacco Products
Tobacco use can affect the mouth in a variety of ways, raising the risk of discoloration of the tooth, cavities, recession of the gum, gum and throat disease, lung, and oral cancer. Take the No-Smoke pledge this year and encourage yourself to engage in healthy activities.
4. Brush at least Twice a Day
You have to wash in the right way twice a day. Aim the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees to the gum line. Using gentle motion in circles. Repeat on the surfaces inside. On the chewing surfaces, do a light back and forth motion. After cleaning, spit the toothpaste out. Replace your toothbrush or electric brush head and use the best-rated toothpaste every three months.
5. Floss at least once a day
Your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth to remove plaque (a sticky film that contains bacteria). Flossing gets between your teeth to clean away the plaque.
By flossing and brushing your teeth, you’re removing plaque and the bacteria in it that feeds on sugar and particles of food that remain in your mouth after eating.
When the bacteria feed, they release an acid that can eat away at your enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth) and cause cavities.
Also, plaque that isn’t cleaned away can eventually harden into calculus (tartar) that can collect on your gum line and lead to gingivitis and gum disease.
6. Visit us for Regular Dental Checkups
By visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you can prevent most dental problems, avoid expensive treatments and discomfort caused by these problems.
Smile More…. When you smile, others will smile, even though they don’t want to.