Welcome to 2019! What New Year’s resolutions did you make this year? Exercise regularly? Eat better? Take more time for yourself? All great choices, but what about making a resolution to improve your dental health? Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums may reduce your risk of not only gum disease but other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes and preterm labor. The case for good oral hygiene improving your overall health is getting stronger every day.
Here are a few dental resolutions you can make this year:
Floss Your Teeth Regularly
Flossing your teeth regularly is one of the best things you can do to improve your oral health. To get into a regular flossing schedule, find a time that works for you. Flossing at night works for many, but if you are tired after a long day it may be better to find an alternative time. After you wake up, around lunchtime or when you are relaxing in the evening are all viable options. The key is to be consistent.
Brush Your Teeth for a Full Two Minutes
Brushing regularly for a full two minutes will ensure that your teeth are cleaned adequately. To make sure you brush for a full two minutes, purchase a toothbrush (we recommend and sell the Oral B electric toothbrush) that includes a timer (many electric toothbrushes have them) or use a timer on your cell phone to monitor how long you are brushing. Aim for brushing each quadrant of your teeth for 30 seconds.
Keep Your Regular Dental Appointments
Regular dental appointments allow your oral hygiene team to remove disease-causing, calcified plague and assess your oral health. Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups is a great way to spend a few hours this year!
Get a New Toothbrush
Your toothbrush or brush-head should be replaced at least every three months. If you haven’t replaced yours in a while, the beginning of the year is a great time to swap your old toothbrush or brush-head for a new one.
Improve Your Smile
There are several ways to improve your smile this year. Want to get that implant you’ve been putting on hold for years? How about whitening or straightening your teeth? Improving your smile is a great way to start 2019, and our cosmetic dentistry services have you covered!
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Welcome to 2019. We hope to see you in the office soon!