*Floss Every Day
Nobody loves to floss but it is an important tool to help reduce gum disease and tooth decay in hard to reach places between your teeth. You will also benefit from fresher breath.
*Brush the Full Two Minutes
Studies have shown that most Americans brush their teeth for significantly less than one minute! Brushing for the full two minutes can improve your oral hygiene. Use a timer or an electric toothbrush with a built in timer. Of course you could also hum the theme of Jeopardy four times. One for each quadrant of your mouth. That will be a total of approximately two minutes.
*Avoid Acidic Foods
Acidic foods can be highly damaging to your mouth. Sodas and sports drinks are among the worst. Try cutting down on the amount of these you drink and remember to rinse your mouth with water after each one.
*Cut Down on Staining Foods
We all love a beautiful white smile. Many foods we consume can be very staining to our teeth. Some of the culprits are coffee, tea, red wine and even berries. Try limiting these food types. For a brighter smile, you could also consider a whitening treatment.
*Less Snacking Between Meals
Cutting down on snacks will protect your teeth and your waistline. Snacking gives oral bacteria additional food that can then turn into acid attacking your mouth. Again try rinsing with water after each snack.
*See Your Dentist
Finally a great resolution for the new year is to see your dentist at least twice a year. If you have been putting off your regular dental checks ups, this is the time to get started. Don't put it off any longer. If it's anxiety that keeps you away, remember...WE CATER TO COWARDS!!