The new year is approaching quickly and you’re probably jotting down some New Year’s resolutions you’d like to follow. Rather than making the same exercise resolutions this year, consider committing to improving your overall oral health. Your oral health is 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 proper dental hygiene routine. Studies have shown that poor oral health habits have been linked to other serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and respiratory infections.
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 time and time again, but it’s super important to floss daily. 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 resolution won’t impact your health, but it will definitely boost your self-confidence. However, we do recommend professional whitening over drugstore and over the counter products.
- Schedule Your Dental Appointment: No one enjoys getting a cavity filled or getting a root canal, so why skip your six-month checkup? Your dentist appointments are our opportunity to prevent decay, serious dental work, and give you fresh, clean teeth.
- Drink Lots of Water: A well-hydrated body produces more and healthier salvia, 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 every day.
Your Dentist Knows Best
If you want to improve your dental hygiene this new year, a great place to start is by visiting your dentist. All Smiles Dental Group is currently accepting new patients and following COVID-19 guidelines to keep our staff and patients safe. Contact us today to make your appointment for the new year!