5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile in 2022
January 6, 2022
There is no better time than the beginning of the new year to make some wholesome lifestyle changes. Whether you are looking to spend extra time at the gym, eat more vegetables, or sleep a full eight hours each night, you are taking a step to improve your life. As for your oral health, there are all sorts of ways that you can do better. Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas that can benefit your smile.
Attend Regular Checkups
While regular cleanings and checkups are essential for optimal oral health, approximately one third of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they should. Now would be a great time to give your dentist a call to book an appointment. Before you leave the practice, be sure to schedule your next appointment. This way, you will be back on track with regular visits.
Stick to Tooth-Healthy Snacks
Not all foods are harmful for your teeth. In fact, some are actually quite beneficial. Try adding some more tooth-healthy snacks to your diet. Dairy products are excellent for your teeth because they are high in calcium. Try adding some yogurt or a glass of milk to your breakfast. Cheese makes a great snack as well. Fibrous foods and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery help to stimulate saliva flow and clean your teeth. Instead of potato chips or crackers, have some nutrient-rich nuts.
Floss Once Daily
Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth, but there are some places that your toothbrush can’t quite reach. Flossing is necessary to remove bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already in the habit of flossing every day, the new year is a great time to get started! Place your container of floss right next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually do too much damage, but if you are constantly consuming them throughout the day, this can increase your risk for tooth decay and other problems throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats that you buy. Try to find something else that satisfies the craving. For instance, instead of a can of cola, try having a bottle of sparkling water instead. Instead of a piece of hard candy, have a piece of sugarless gum.
Say No to Smoking
Did you know that using tobacco products doubles your risk for gum disease? Smoking is also linked to many other health issues, including oral cancer. This habit can be incredibly difficult to quit, so it’s important that you find healthier replacement activities. Talk to your friends, family, and physician about the best ways you can quit permanently.
Don’t leave your smile behind in 2022. By implementing the steps listed above, you can work towards maintaining excellent oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Steven Branberg is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over a decade. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery and Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Currently, he is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontists, Texas Dental Association, and Fort Worth Dental Society. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment at his office in Colleyville, visit his website or call (817) 440-7133.
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