The new year is a perfect time to introduce positive changes in your life. Dreaming of a brighter, healthier smile? Make it a reality in 2018 with these 5 dental resolutions.
1. Brush and Floss
This one may seem obvious, but brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the best ways to protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Cleaning the daily plaque build up removes harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums.
Brushing alone isn’t enough since tooth decay and gum disease usually begin between teeth and below the gum line. Flossing is the only way to get at these problem areas.
Is chewing xylitol gum a substitute for brushing your teeth? While it can help fight plaque, it’s not a substitute for oral hygiene. Wondering how xylitol helps your teeth? Check out this blog post.
One final tip - if your toothbrush is getting frayed, it may be doing more harm than good. This guide will help you determine whether your old toothbrush is worn out or not.
2. Choose a Tooth-Friendly Diet
Eating healthier is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions around. This year, prioritize a diet that’s good for your mouth, as well as the rest of your body.
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of nutrients that protect the teeth and gums. Eating more produce also helps to kill bacteria, fight inflammation, clean plaque, and freshen breath.
3. Quit Smoking
Smoking is at an all-time low, falling to 15% in 2015. However, according to the CDC, “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.”
Smoking also poses a serious threat to your oral health. If you’re a regular tobacco user, you’re at much higher risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum disease, and various cancers (including throat, lung, and oral cancers). In a 2015 study by the University of Birmingham and the German Institute of Human Nutrition, researchers found that “male smokers are up to 3.6 times more likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers, whereas female smokers [are] 2.5 times more likely” to lose their teeth.
4. Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups
For some people, going to the dentist is nothing more than an inconvenience that they don’t look forward to, but go because it means a clean and healthy smile. For others, just making a dental appointment can be extremely stressful. It’s estimated that 5-10% of American adults prevent seeking dental treatment because of their phobia.
Whether or not you suffer from dental phobias, the right dentist can make all the difference. If you’re looking for a new dentist, here are a few factors that you should consider. If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety, a provider that offers sedation options might be the solution you need. Or, check out these 7 helpful tips for calming your dental anxiety.
5. Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams
A great first impression starts with a smile. Self-conscious about yours? Or simply daydreaming about a brighter, healthier smile?
A new year is the perfect time to make your daydreams a reality. From professional teeth whitening to Invisalign, advancements in cosmetic and restorative dentistry mean that there are treatment options for every problem and price point.
To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Set Concrete Goals
We all know that a very small percentage of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. So, what’s the key to success?
One tactic? Setting concrete, tangible goals. If a great smile is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, schedule an appointment today and get your best smile yet.