New Year Dental Tips

Sink Your Teeth Into These Resolutions

No matter how long your list of New Year’s resolutions, there’s always room to add dental hygiene to your list of to-dos. 

It may not be said enough, but good health starts in the mouth with preventative care. Having a great smile isn’t just great to have or see; it also helps boost your confidence. So start the New Year with strong, healthy dental habits, and you’ll continue to stay strong the whole year.

Brush Your Teeth Responsibly

Got a new toothbrush for Christmas? Want a new fancy one? Throw your old one away and get brushing! It’s best to change your toothbrush every three months, which means four times a year. By changing your toothbrush frequently, you can more easily find the one that works best for you. When you get to brushing, be sure you don’t use too much force. Brushing your teeth aggressively can cause harm by scraping off the tooth enamel. Though brushing hard may feel right at the time, it’s wiser to treat your teeth the way you want to be treated. For the best results, make your routine a twice-daily brushing, for two minutes each time.

Limit The Unnecessary

One common resolution is cutting back on sweets – a great idea for your dental hygiene. By limiting your sugar consumption, you’re limiting your odds of tooth decay. You don’t have to give up sweets completely, but treats all day is not OK; you’re better off enjoying sugar conservatively. Another popular resolution: quitting smoking or the use of other tobacco products. Smoking and other uses of tobacco promote periodontal disease; by quitting, you and your smile will live longer. Can’t seem to stop biting your nails or grinding your teeth? Curbing nervous habits is another useful resolutions, as both of these habits cause too much pressure for your teeth and can lead to tooth fractures or chips.

Create New Dental Habits

Kick those bad habits fast and start creating healthy, new habits for yourself in 2020. People think you should cover your toothbrush as soon as you’re finished using it, but you really should let it breathe. Another habit you won’t regret is making sure you’re flossing routinely. Tired of getting nervous every time your dentist asks “When’s the last time you flossed?” Start flossing every day; once it’s a routine, those worries will dissipate. If you have an adversarial relationship with bad breath and just can’t seem to get rid of it, try using a tongue scraper and oral rinse.

Stay On Top This New Year

If you’re trying to stay up to date and organized this year, make sure you’re on top of your hygiene appointments. Call now to book an appointment if you haven’t already – you and your teeth will be happy about it. If you’re unsure about anything regarding your dental hygiene, ask your dentist any questions you have. Your dentists aren’t just there to fix and clean your teeth, after all; they want to help and be there for you with all your dental needs.