Make Some Good Dental Decisions for the New Year
Making New Year’s dental resolutions can be a way to take stock of the previous year and ring in the New Year with future goals in mind. Basic dental care hasn’t changed a lot, but we can always get better at taking steps to improve our oral health. It doesn’t hurt to renew some good decisions about important habits.
Five Major New Year’s Dental Resolutions
Daily Brushing and Flossing
The most routine way to preserve your dental health is to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Brushing and flossing is a good preventative because it gets rid of plaque, and plaque buildup predisposes you to gum disease and cavities.
Regular Dental Cleaning
Even when you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, plaque still builds up on teeth. A professional dental cleaning helps you remove plaque and prevent it from reaching beneath the gum line. It also helps keep your breath fresher. Ensure you have a schedule for regular dental cleaning.
Planning for Dental Work
As you begin the year, consider what dental work you should have done. Whether it is teeth whitening, fillings, crowns or implants, make some plans ahead of time for needed dental work.
Plan for your children’s dental work as well. Getting braces or having wisdom teeth removed are a few things that you can often plan ahead for.
Improving Your Eating Habits
Eliminating sugar and eating healthy foods is a resolution that won’t just benefit your teeth, but will also benefit your overall health. A healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products. These are dental friendly foods that make your teeth strong and keep your gums healthy.
Ending Tobacco Products Use
If you smoke or use tobacco products, aside from staining your teeth, they also contribute to gum disease, tooth loss and bad breath. It goes without saying that kicking the habit would be good for your general health. The Heart Association offers information about why you should quit smoking, suggests ways to deal with smoking urges and provides resources to help you quit.
Do Want Help with Planning Your Dental Care?
Whether or not you’ve made your New Year’s dental resolutions, our dentists and staff at Hutto Hippo Family Dental are glad to answer your questions. We can help you devise a good plan for dental care.