Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their brushing habits to healthier food and beverage choices. Understanding the benefits of your resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.
Improving brushing and Flossing Habits
Brush twice a day for two minutes. Floss at least once a day to remove built up plaque that has accumulated during the today. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move in small circles or back and forth in short strokes.
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay. Leafy Greens are full of vitamins and minerals. Apples, carrots and celery are high in fiber and create saliva that rinses away bacteria and food particles. Almonds are also a great snack for teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein.
Quit Using Tobacco Products
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health.
Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.