Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, so what better way to start off your New Year than to create resolutions for improving your health! But what are the most important things you can start doing today to promote better dental health? Whatever your goals are, remember consistency is more important than immediate and radical chance. Take small steps over time in order to see big results – and start with these 5 New Year’s Dental Resolutions!
- Improve Tooth Brushing and Flossing Habits
The best way to improve your overall oral health today is daily brushing and flossing. For successful bacterial plaque removal you should:
- Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristle manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride-toothpaste.
- Gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove plaque.
- Floss at least once per day to remove plaque and food.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, when you have a cold or the flu, or if your bristles become frayed.
Daily brushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).
- Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing (sugar-free) gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.
- Improving Your Smile
If you’ve been thinking about brightening or straightening your teeth for a while, there are many smile-improving techniques available through professional whitening and orthodontics. Whether the change is recent or something you’ve been living with for quite some time, you can start the New Year by scheduling an appointment with an orthodontist or with your dentist today to improve your smile!
- Restorative Dentistry
The New Year may also be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants, or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.
- Routine Dental Visits
Finally, a resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stages. You should schedule dental visits every 6 months to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.
Happy New Year – and best wishes for your resolutions & your dental health.