Better Oral Health in the New Year

The New Year is always an exciting time for change and resolutions — a time when many people vow to live a healthier life.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to work on dental resolutions to improve your oral health.  Here are some suggestions to reinforce proper dental care habits.

Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine

  • Brush 2-3x per day.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss at least once daily.
  • Drinking lots of water.
  • Avoid foods that harm your teeth like acidic and sugary sweets.
  • Eat a healthier diet.
  • Visit your dentist if you experience pain or discomfort.
  • Scheduling regular dental cleanings.

Don’t Forget Your Teeth and Gums

While having a beautiful, bright, white smile is often a New Year’s resolution, the health of your gums is just as important. Following a dental care routine is the best way to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Get regular dental checkups at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional.

Better Oral Health Means Better Overall Health

Many of the conditions that affect your dental health can progress to other chronic conditions and some chronic conditions can affect your oral health.  Good dental health is key to maintaining a person’s overall health – especially for people with certain medical conditions.

According to Mayo Clinic, poor oral health may contribute to different diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves), pregnancy and birth complications and pneumonia. Furthermore, if you already suffer from diseases like diabetes or osteoporosis, you may be at a higher risk for oral health problems. 

For this new year, resolve to treat your mouth right: improve your diet, quit smoking and improve your oral hygiene habits – your teeth and your body will thank you for it!

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