As the New Year approaches, it’s a perfect time to consider prioritizing your dental health. Whether it’s improving oral hygiene or completing treatments, health-focused resolutions are always good decisions. Take small, attainable steps, and we’ve compiled tips to help you achieve a healthier smile, that you can include in your New Year’s resolution list.
1. Brush your teeth and floss regularly
Brushing and flossing are essential for preventing gum disease and tooth decay brought on by the damaging bacterial film called plaque. While brushing primarily targets the surfaces of the teeth, flossing is essential for getting rid of plaque from between teeth and below the gum line, which are common locations for gum disease and decay. Gingivitis and gum disease can worsen from bleeding gums, which can be caused by neglecting dental hygiene.
2. Change Your Toothbrush Often
Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles are damaged, you’ve been sick, or you’re dissatisfied. Choose a toothbrush that fits comfortably with soft bristles, and consider trying an electric toothbrush for added convenience. If uncertain, consult your dentist for a personalized recommendation to maintain optimal oral hygiene and a healthier smile.
3. Eat healthy
Dental health is supported by a well-balanced diet high in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Add crunchy foods to your diet, such as celery and apples, to help remove plaque and stimulate saliva. Dairy products also contain calcium, which helps to neutralize acids in teeth. Nuts, legumes, and leafy greens provide vital nutrients and antioxidants. Reduce your consumption of sugar because it weakens enamel, and causes plaque accumulation, acid production, and tooth decay.
4. Live healthy
Quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake. Smoking and alcohol use both cause dental decay and can worsen it. Additionally, smoking raises your risk of tooth loss and gum disease. It also makes getting dental implants more challenging.
Exercise more. Regular exercise helps in reducing toxins and C-reactive proteins, part of the inflammatory response in the body, promoting better eating choices and thereby improving both oral and overall health.
5. Stay hydrated
Throughout the day, sipping water helps wash away bacteria and leftover food, as well as preventing dry mouth.
6. Have a regular dental check-up
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial for preventing discomfort and costly treatments by addressing potential dental issues early. These visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a personalized care routine based on specific concerns.
Get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation or appointment if you need assistance with maintaining your oral health or if you need to schedule a dental hygiene visit. Our team at Paradise Dental Associates is dedicated to assisting you in achieving your ideal smile for the new year and the rest of your life.