These five easy New Year’s dental resolutions will have your teeth looking great in 2018!
1. Floss at Least Once a Day, Every Day
Flossing is vital for your oral health, but it is often the one dental chore we skip. Don’t skip it in 2018! When you floss, you remove plaque from between your teeth. If left on your teeth, plaque can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. You can use traditional floss or dental picks to clean between your teeth – whatever is most helpful to you, as long as you’re flossing at least once a day!
2. Brush Your Teeth for the Full Two Minutes
The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice each day. In the new year, resolve to brush your teeth for the full recommended time. If you need some help getting you through those two minutes, there are electric toothbrushes that beep after you’ve completed the two minutes. In 2018, brush for the full two minutes to fight against poor oral health!
3. Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gum can treat issues as mild as bad breath or as severe as tooth decay. By chewing sugarless gum, your salivary flow is increased. Saliva actually helps to wash away acids produced when food is broken down by bacteria in the mouth. When there isn’t enough saliva, acid can break down the tooth enamel, leading to decay. More saliva can also mean more calcium and phosphate, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. Be sure to keep a pack of sugarless gum on you in the new year!
4. Watch Your Diet
You are what you eat, and so are your teeth. In 2018, be sure to make smart, healthy choices in your diet. Reach for nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits, such as celery and apples, which help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Food high in carbohydrates and sugars, such as chips and candy, can lead to serious dental health issues like cavities if they aren’t removed from your tooth’s surface or from between your teeth.
5. See Your Dentist for Regular Cleanings
In 21018, resolve to see your dentist every six months for a regular check-up and cleaning. Many insurances cover these appointments, and a professional cleaning is a vital part of practicing good oral hygiene.
These five easy dental New Year’s resolutions will keep your teeth in tip top shape. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us in the new year!