This year is winding down, and it’s time to start making your resolutions for next year! Many resolutions are focused around improving your health and happiness, so why not make a resolution to focus on your dental health? Maintaining optimal oral health improves your overall health in both the short and long term.
Here are some resolutions that will make you and your mouth happier in the coming year!
Power Up! It’s been shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning teeth than manual brushes. This is because they do the work for you, and they do a good job! The heads of electric toothbrushes move in a way that cleans the surface of teeth, the gum line, and in between teeth. All you have to do is slowly move the brush from tooth to tooth.
Some electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers as well. The company Quip offers a sleek, compact, battery-powered brush that has 30-second alerts to tell you when to move to the next quadrant of your mouth. This feature makes it so much easier to consistently brush for the recommended two minutes, twice a day.
Commit to Flossing. Flossing is so important for your oral health. Harmful bacteria can thrive in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Without a regular flossing routine, the bacteria collects at the gum line causing inflammation, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Your flossing technique is important, too! Remember, you’re cleaning in between the teeth and also around the entirety of the gum line. As you move from tooth to tooth, wrap the floss all the way around where the gum meets the tooth to clean out any lurking leftovers.
Eat for Your Teeth. At some point, you’ve probably made a resolution to improve your eating habits, but have you ever considered adjusting your diet to benefit the health of your mouth?
The first change I recommend to my patients is to cut down on added sugar, especially sodas! Sipping on soda all day bathes your teeth in sugar and acid, which together promote rapid decay. If all you do is replace sodas with water, you’re doing great!
Another way to eat for your teeth is to incorporate more raw fruits and veggies. These crunchy delights are packed with vitamins that promote oral health, and their fibrous texture cleans your teeth as you chew!
It’s really that simple. Just replace soda and candy with water and fruits and veggie, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier smile!
Set Up an Appointment. Last but certainly not least, set up an appointment with your dentist. It’s recommended that you see your dentist once every six months. Are you due for a check-up? If you haven’t already, consider calling your dentist to set up a beginning of the year appointment.
Nervous about seeing the dentist? Just call. Most dentists are familiar with the anxiety and fear that many patients face before and during appointments. Get any questions or concerns you have out there before your appointment. And, if you don’t feel like you’re being heard or understood by your dentist, give us a call! We work with patients all the time to create fear-free dental experiences, and we’d love to have you as a patient.
From everyone here at Shamblott Family Dentistry, we wish you happy holidays and an amazing New Year!