It’s that time of the year again … and as I see my Smile Savers Dentistry patients on this last day of 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to offer you all some dental resolutions. Hopefully you can add some or all of these to your own list. Most can be easily worked in to your routine with little to no effort. Keeping these tips/resolutions can ensure a fantastic and healthy smile for throughout the New Year.
Increase your toothbrushing time to 2 minutes, 2 times a day. The average person does not spend the correct amount of time brushing their teeth and it really does take at least 2 minutes to adequately clean your teeth and mouth.
Don’t forget about your tongue! A few quick swipes with your brush across your tongue is all you really need to do.
Flossing is not just meant to be done right before your dental appointment! A large percentage of cavaties can start in areas that are missed by tooth brushing alone.
Use mouthwash regularly to enjoy a clean, fresh mouth and to kill bacteria.
You hear this all the time … drink more water! Not only is it good for your health, it can help reduce tooth staining from coffee or wine if you take a few sips afterwards.
Eat healthy – hopefully this is already one of your resolutions! Don’t overindulge in candies and sweets. Not only will this reduce the chance of cavities, it will also help you maintain or possibly even lose weight.
Quit smoking – or chewing. Not only will this stain your teeth, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
If something feels wrong, large or small … fix it! Don’t ignore it or wait and hope that it gets better. Usually, it gets much worse. Procrastination is not good for your teeth or your health, and it is also not very good for your bank account.
Enjoy the holidays and the new year … and make your dental health a priority! I’ll see you here at Smile Savers Dentistry in 2013.