Many of us choose this time of year to make a fresh start and get back to those things we know we should be doing for our overall health. Whether we decide to hit the gym, drink more water or improve our eating habits, New Year’s resolutions can get us on track with the little things that help us look and feel great.
When considering what habits to concentrate on at New Year’s, oral health is sometimes overlooked. But what could be more satisfying than maintaining a healthy beautiful smile? Here are a few ideas for dental health to include in your list of resolutions.
1. Start Flossing
If we’re being totally honest, most of us don’t floss regularly. Flossing is a vital part of your oral hygiene routine. Not only does it help prevent cavities, but flossing just once a day can also strengthen gums against gingivitis and even help freshen bad breath. If you have trouble remembering to floss, try putting a note on your bathroom mirror where you’ll see it before bed. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t believe you ever went without it.
2. Lower Sugar
It’s no secret that sugar contributes to tooth decay, especially in children. When the bacteria on our teeth come in contact with sugar, they produce acid which wears away our enamel. While daily brushing and flossing can help remove sugars and bacteria from your teeth, eating excess sugar prompts bacterial growth, which leads to more cavities. Monitoring and reducing sugar for yourself and/or your children can help keep smiles healthy and beautiful.
3. Quit Soda
You’re probably aware that sugary drinks can contribute to major dental problems. But did you know that even diet soda can cause harm? That’s because acids, which wear teeth down overtime, are added to most soft drinks to improve flavor and lengthen shelf life. Additionally, caffeine in soda can cause dehydration, which can dry out your mouth’s protective saliva. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, water is your best choice for oral health, so replace your daily coke with a large glass of H20 to protect your teeth from decay.
4. Go to the Dentist
Many dental insurance plans reset in the New Year, which means your whole maximum benefit amount is available to you and your family. What could be a better way to start off 2018 than by getting a deep cleaning and checkup? Call 801-489-1301 today to set up your child’s hygiene appointment today.
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