The New Year is an excellent time to make a change. Many of New Year’s resolutions involve taking steps to improve our health and our happiness. So why not make a resolution this year to improve your oral care?
In this post, we’ll look at four resolutions that can improve the health of your teeth and gums.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
If you’re not brushing your teeth twice a day, then now’s a good time to start. By brushing your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste, you can dramatically reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Here’s a reminder of the best practices for your oral health routine:
- Brush gently for two minutes, twice a day
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your enamel
- Angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line when brushing
- Use a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Clean between your teeth, either with floss or an alternative device
- Rinse your mouth after brushing with a mouthwash
Carrying out these oral care routines twice a day will improve your mouth’s health.
When you start making changes, try to notice the small differences you are noticing. If you start flossing, you will soon start noticing that your gums bleed less, are less sensitive and that you feel more confident in your smile.
Remember that consistency is key when trying to establish new habits. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a floss, but instead try to do it regularly for the rest of the week.
2. Eat healthier
Your diet is also very important when keeping your mouth healthy. What you eat can easily turn into food for bacteria in your mouth and contribute to gum disease and cavities.
Try to follow some of these steps towards a healthier diet:
- Limit your intake of sugary or acidic foods and drinks
- Avoid snacking between meals wherever possible
- Rinse your mouth with water after meals or sugary drinks
- Try to eat lots of nutrient-dense foods such as fruit and vegetables
3. Get your dental problems fixed
A New Year’s resolution might also involve addressing any existing dental problems that you have been putting up with. Bite the bullet (so to speak!) and ask for advice on anything bothering you regarding your dental health. Have you been suffering from sensitive teeth? dry mouth? difficulty in brushing or flushing? seek advice from your dental professional to get you on track to great oral health.
4. Quit smoking
You know it really – smoking is not only bad for your overall health but your oral health too. Tobacco can stain your teeth and increase your risk of many dental problems. This could be the year you completely commit to quitting smoking altogether.
Making a New Year’s resolution to improve your health in any way is a great decision. Remember to be forgiving if you have any setbacks and allow yourself time for your new routines to solidify into habits. It will take time, but you can do it!
You are now equipped with the knowledge to make this the year you make drastic changes to improve your dental health.