Dec 27, 2019
This time of year is when people dedicate themselves to bettering their lives. Common options to do so include starting a physical fitness plan and learning a new skill. However, some that are not often thought of but should are oral health-related New Year's resolutions.
Flossing and Brushing
If you don't already floss at least once a day and brush your teeth at least twice a day, New Year's Day is a great day to start that habit. As a result, you'll better protect the health of your teeth and gums.
Get a New Toothbrush
It's true that toothbrushes are not a common Christmas present, so, unless you were gifted one, make getting a new toothbrush one of your New Year's resolutions. If it's been more than a few months since you've replaced yours, you're overdue.
Of course, your lungs will thank you so much for doing this, but so will your teeth and gums. Smoking can cause increased buildup of tartar and plaque, tooth discoloration and an increased chance of gum disease.
This is also a great time of the year to take care of dental work that you might have been putting off. Schedule those appointments for fillings, implants or crowns to ensure that your teeth are well taken care in the new year and beyond.
Visit a Dentist
Simply visiting a dentist can serve as a quality New Year's resolution if it's been a while since you've seen one. You should do so at least once a year, preferably twice, while more than a fifth of people have not seen a dentist in the last few years.
Consume Less Sugar
Consuming less sugar is one of the best things that you can do to improve both your oral health and your physical health. Reduced sugar intake reduces your risk of tooth decay, and it tends to result in weight loss as well as a reversal of sugar's negative effects on the brain.
If you’re ready to tackle your resolutions and make an appointment for a cleaning or an exam, please contact us today.