Improving health and well-being are common New Year’s resolutions. But have you considered goals for improving your oral health? Fully understanding the benefits of improving your oral health, which has major implications on general health, is essential for staying motivated to keep your resolutions. Finding your motivation and taking small steps to achieve your goals will greatly improve your chances for success.
Now let’s take a look at some of the oral health resolutions you may want to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
Brush and Floss Regularly
If your overall goal is to attain better dental health, regular brushing and flossing is a must. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to get rid of plaque-causing bacteria. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
To get rid of food particles that may have accumulated between teeth throughout the day, floss daily, preferably before bedtime. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when you have a cold or the flu. Regular flossing and brushing help prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.
Choose Healthy Foods and Beverages
Choosing healthy foods and beverages is important for improving oral health. Sugary and acidic foods and drinks, such as soft drinks and juice, contribute to tooth decay by encouraging the growth of plaque-causing bacteria. Chewing gum containing xylitol immediately after eating can neutralize acids and reduce plaque as well as cavity-causing bacteria. Choosing foods that are high in calcium and vitamin C strengthens bones and teeth and improves gum health.
Whiten Your Smile
While flossing and brushing your teeth may help improve the condition of your teeth and gums, you may be looking for something a bit more dramatic to revamp your smile. Teeth whitening works by targeting stains at the surface level as well as deep stains. You may want to try over-the-counter tooth-whitening products at home or visit a dentist for a quick, gentle, and long-lasting teeth-whitening procedure.
Get a Straighter Smile
Perhaps it is time you corrected an issue with crooked teeth, tooth crowding, or issues due to thumb sucking or injury. Braces are often used to correct these abnormalities and enhance your smile, but Invisalign can also get great results by using a clear mold to straighten teeth. Consult your dentist to determine if Invisalign is a good option for you.
Opt for Restorative Dentistry
If you have deferred restorative dental work at some point, the right time to do it is in the New Year. Fillings, implants, or crowns can help to restore your smile as well as preserve the structure of the teeth.
Quit All Tobacco Products
Smoking has been found to be a top cause of poor oral health, but smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous for your gums and teeth. Tobacco stains teeth and increases the chances of gum disease and oral cancer. Make quitting tobacco products one of your resolutions. Don’t go it alone. Rally your family and friends to support you, install an app to track progress, and join online stop-smoking groups.
Make Routine Dental Visits
Don’t wait until you are in pain to visit a dentist. Visit your dentist every 6 months. The routine visits you have been neglecting could be all you need to catch and prevent oral disease. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, there are several steps you can take to make the process easier.
Don’t let another year slip by without making a commitment to improve your oral health.
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