Every new year brings thoughts of possible resolutions you can make for the year to come. Some of us are quite serious about setting annual goals and others – not so much. Either way, the start of a new year is a great time to make a commitment to better dental health.
Here are some ideas you might consider for 2022:
Good intentions do not matter when it comes to your teeth. It’s time to pick up the phone and make your dental appointments for professional cleanings, exams, or recommended treatment. Don’t be embarrassed if it’s been a while. We understand. Our commitment is to give you top quality care in the most comfortable and caring environment possible.
Ultimately, the health of your teeth and gums is in your hands. Literally. The best think you can do to improve or maintain a healthy mouth is to brush for 2 minutes twice a day and floss once a day. It’s easier to create this habit if you connect it to another one (habit stacking). Perhaps you could make flossing something you do whenever you shower or right after you wash your face. After doing this for a while it will become a routine you don’t even have to think about.
If you have areas in your mouth that are challenging to clean, prone to problems or you just know you aren’t going to floss, you should consider water flossing. Water flossing means using oral irrigators that spray water to clean between your teeth. They are comfortable and easy to use, but there may be a short learning curve (you could get wet the first couple tries). Studies show these are very effective and there are a wide variety of models that allow you to even go cordless and water floss while you shower.
Food and drinks that contain a lot of sugar, carbonation, acid or are sticky are the enemies of your teeth. Sugar is the favorite food of the bacteria in your mouth that create cavities and gum disease and acidity can destroy the tooth enamel that protects your teeth. Avoiding these foods can prevent expensive dental treatment and is also good for your overall health.
The same foods that are good for your body will also support your oral health. Eat a nutrient rich diet with a lot of fruit, vegetables and milk products to keep your teeth strong and your mouth happy.
Making a commitment to dental health is one of the best things you can do. In the end it will save you money, time, and prevent inconvenient emergencies. We hope you consider including it as one of your resolutions for 2022 and if you are looking for a dentist you will love, please give us a call.
Happy New Year!
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