Around this time, we all begin to reflect on how we can make improvements for the upcoming year. Most of us are eager to get back into the gym or finally commit to that diet we’ve been trying on and off for the last 6 months. Health minded resolutions are always a great place to start; although have you ever considered making it a goal to improve your oral health?
If you make it to your regular dental checkups, this may not seem like a high priority, but there are several ways you can commit to a better dental routine. Poor oral health can impact your heart, brain and respiratory function—so it might be the perfect time to start trying out a few new dental inspired resolutions!
5 Resolutions for Your Teeth
1. Make Your Dental Appointment
Making it to the dentist twice a year doesn’t sound too hard, but for many of us, finding the time for an exam and cleaning twice a year can be difficult and time-consuming! Even though it seems like twice a year is a lot, patients that make this a standard are much more likely to walk away with a healthy smile.
Not only does a well-hydrated body function better, but your mouth will also be happy. Drinking water helps produce more saliva, which naturally rinses away food particles and bacteria that linger in your mouth. Aim to drink about half your body weight in fluid ounces each day.
3. Floss Daily
Flossing isn’t everyone’s favorite pastime, but it doesn’t take a lot of effort and has some serious long-term benefits. Flossing your teeth is a great way to maintain a fresh, healthy month in between your bi-annual cleanings.
4. Give up Tobacco
If you are addicted to tobacco, it is time to make a plan to quit! Chewing tobacco, cigarettes and cigars can cause mouth cancer, gum disease, bad breath, and yellow teeth.
5. Whiten Your Teeth
This resolution won’t affect your oral health, but it will keep your teeth bright, white and shining! If you’re looking for guaranteed results, we recommend a professional whitening treatment.
We wish you and your smile a happy new year!