As 2017 has drawn to a close and 2018 is upon us, it’s time to consider New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year.
A common New Year’s resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle. Many of us, however, aren’t likely to follow through. But finding a way to keep up with your New Year’s resolution is important, especially if it benefits your health in a positive way. Keeping your teeth bright, white, and healthy can contribute to your overall health. Why not resolve to keep your teeth healthy in 2018?
Here are 5 dental health resolutions to adopt if you’re looking to enhance your dental health this year.
Get A New Toothbrush
Over time, toothbrushes wear down and they stop cleaning your teeth as effectively. Your teeth may not feel as clean or fresh if you’re using a worn down toothbrush. Start the new year off right with a fresh toothbrush.
Break a Bad Habit
A new year means a clean slate which is the perfect time to work on breaking a bad habit, such as drinking soda or other sugary drinks. Other bad habits that can affect your oral health include jaw clenching, tooth grinding, and using your teeth as tools. If you find you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, your dentist may have some good suggestions to help you break this habit.
Try a Whitening Procedure
If your teeth are stained, yellowing, or you simply would like a brighter smile, a whitening procedure may be for you. You can discuss in-office procedures such as bleaching with your dentist. However, there are also a variety of other ways to keep your teeth looking whiter. You can buy molds and gels from your dentist to bleach your teeth at home. You can even purchase over-the-counter whitening products like trays, paint-on gels, strips, or whitening toothpastes. At your next cleaning, be sure to discuss the best option for you with your dentist!
Quit Using Tobacco Products
It’s no secret: smoking is bad for your oral health. While smoking is bad for your health overall, tobacco products can cause all kinds of harm to your mouth such as bad breath, stained teeth, tooth loss, gum disease, and even oral cancer. If you’re considering a New Year’s resolution to enhance your oral health, consider quitting your tobacco product of choice.
Brush and Floss Daily
If you aren’t brushing and flossing your teeth daily, this might be the resolution for you. Not brushing your teeth means there is residual bacteria on them, and residual bacteria can begin to break teeth down over time. Flossing daily will help keep your gums healthy, and work to prevent gum disease.
Good oral hygiene will help you keep a beautiful smile, which will increase your self confidence. No one wants to have tooth decay, bad breath, or gum issues!
While you’re at it, try and brush for 30 seconds longer. We’re all guilty of skimping on how long we brush our teeth from time to time. The new year is the perfect time to try and better your brushing routine by brushing your teeth for a little longer. It’s certainly time well spent!
Make your new year’s resolution to take better care of your teeth by visiting your dentist every 6 months or at an interval that you and your dentist decide on.
Keep your teeth healthy and clean in 2018!