Are you planning on making a New Year’s resolution? There are some tips for making a resolution that can help set you up for success- and to assist you achieve whatever you set out to do. Resolve to do something this year that improves your health and wellbeing, and use these tips when identifying your resolution goals: Dental Habits
- Be realistic and honest about what you can- and cannot- commit to do.
- Be specific about your goals and what you will do each day to get there.
- Give yourself a break if you stray or miss a day; get back on track immediately.
- Reward yourself for a job well done!
Do not underestimate the importance of good oral and dental care when it comes to holistic health and wellness. Start the new year off right with these great dental habits:
For years, people have been told that regular brushing is the benchmark of good oral hygiene. While brushing at least twice a day is certainly recommended, it is also important to consider the technique and manner that you brush.
Remember childhood and being told to brush in small circles? This still applies. Brush in a circular motion, gently not aggressively, and pay attention to each individual tooth. Try to brush for at least a two-minute period and avoid the horizontal sawing approach that can indent and pit your teeth over time. Also, what kind of brush are you using? A soft bristle toothbrush will not damage the enamel on your teeth, nor will it erode your gums like a firmer bristle brush will. Replace the brush every couple months or sooner, if it begins to appear worn.Dental Habits
The best way to remember to floss is to do it first! Plus, this allows you to wash away the bacteria and tartar that you remove with flossing when you brush and rinse. Flossing gets to the spots that your toothbrush simply can’t reach- and it freshens your breath. Be gentle when flossing and do not be alarmed if you see signs of blood on the floss when you are done; this will decrease as you floss more and more.
Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to heal itself, which can also exacerbate tooth plaque and decay if you are not vigilant about oral care. Also, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention identify smoking as being a risk factor among those that contract gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the US.
Get a Rinse
Rinse your mouth after food and drink to remove the sugars that can remain and build on the teeth. If you are not near a bottle of mouthwash or rinse, use plain water. It really does help!
Speaking of water, skip sugary juices and soft drinks and drink more water! These beverages lead to an increased chance of decay and cavities. Drinking more water has other benefits including reducing the risk of Dry Mouth among patients, widely.
What You Eat
Dentists urge their patients to watch what they eat; sugar contributes to decay and cavities. Remember that carbohydrates like bread and grains also turn to sugar in the body so be thoughtful with your diet. Additionally, sweeteners and sugar play a role in a wide range of other health conditions and issues- if you eat sweet treats, be moderate and brush afterward. National experts recommend that people limit their consumption of sugary snacks to less than one-tenth of their daily caloric intake, but less is best!
It is the recommendation of experts that adults see a dentist every six months for a routine examination, and x-rays typically each year. This serves as a preventative measure against gum disease, decay, or oral health problems. Children should be taken to a dentist by their first birthday- even if they don’t have teeth! If you experience issues or notice changes with your dental or oral health, do not hesitate to contact your dentist for a check-up.
Oral care is key in maintaining health and wellbeing. Use these tips and resolve to better dental care in the coming year!