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Dental Health in the New Year

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Smile

At the start of each new year everyone makes big plans to adopt healthier habits to improve their physical and mental well-being. Most people don’t consider that oral health is a part of overall well-being. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to total wellness.  Consider these dental health resolutions for the new year.

Replace Your Toothbrush Often

How often should you get a new toothbrush? The general rule is to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. However, do a thorough check of your bristles regularly, and if you notice the bristles are bent or misshapen, then replace your brush promptly.  Depending on how often and how vigorous the brushing, the 2-3 month rule can vary from person to person. Replace any other repeat-use dental health products and dental hygiene items regularly as well.

Brush and Floss

Brushing and flossing your teeth are the first line of defense against oral health complications. If you don’t brush and floss as recommended, plaque can develop on and between teeth causing decay and gum disease, which can in turn lead to other health problems like heart disease. Good oral hygiene habits are critical. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

See Your Dentist Regularly

This year resolve to schedule regular check-ups to the dentist every six months. This allows the dentist to monitor your dental health and address any concerns before they become too serious. This is especially important if you have any previous or existing conditions that could lead to biger issues down the line.

Eat healthy

A healthy diet is important for maintaining good dental health. Nutrients in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and whole grains strengthen teeth and fight bacteria that cause gum disease. Make a point this year to incorporate more tooth-healthy foods like apples, carrots, celery, leafy greens, cheese and almonds into your daily diet.

Limit Sweets

While good brushing habits can drastically reduce the risk of tooth decay, it’s only part of the equation. It’s also important to avoid certain types of foods that leave your teeth more susceptible to damage. These include sticky foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugary sodas that contain enamel-corroding acid. Sugary snacks and beverages are your teeth’s worst enemy. When sugars are broken down in your mouth, they produce acids that wear down your enamel and cause tooth decay. Make it a goal this year to limit your intake of sweets for your health and your teeth.

Healthy teeth and gums contribute to overall wellness so include your oral health in your resolutions for the new year. Then you’ll be sure to smile the whole year through!

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