The beginning of each year is when we make our resolutions for change. These resolutions often focus on self-improvement, and many things come to mind, including exercising more and reading every day. Another solution to improve your health and quality of life is to improve your dental health.

Dental health resolutions are easy tasks to add to your everyday schedule. These easy changes can do wonders for your oral health. Here we share oral health resolutions that can help you improve your smile in 2022.

Oral Health Resolutions

Start at Home – Practice Good Oral Hygiene Every Day

Taking care of your teeth at home each day helps you spend less time at your dentist’s office. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush for complete cleaning and floss daily. Brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth with mouthwash or antiseptic rinse. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. We are happy to provide suggestions for taking care of your teeth at home.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Visiting our office at least twice a year can help you maintain healthy teeth. When you’re here regularly, we can stay on top of any changes in your mouth and catch gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues early. Our hygienist can help you do this with a professional cleaning to rid your mouth of tartar, which you cannot do at home.

Quit Tobacco

Smoking can cause stains on the surface of your teeth, gum disease, and oral cancer. The new year is a great time to make a quit plan and stick to it to improve your oral and overall health. There are free plans online, apps to keep you on track, and support groups to help you get through those tough first days.

Don’t Leave Anything on the Table

Take full advantage of your dental insurance. Your plan could offer discounts on additional treatments that may benefit you. Find out what preventative care is included each year and schedule your appointment.

Restore Your Smile

Services like teeth whitening, implants, and Invisalign can help you get back to the smile you loved. Crowns and fillings can help preserve your teeth’ structure and keep them aligned.

Make Good Choices

What you put into your mouth can cause oral health problems, including cavities and gum disease. Limit the sugar in food and beverages, snack less between meals, rinse your teeth after each meal and eat more fruits and vegetables.

Stephen Coates DDS Can Help With Your Oral Health Resolutions

Set your oral care resolutions and stick to these tips, and they will become habits. If you mess up, start over. Resolve to improve your smile and your oral health in 2022.

Our practice can help you with quality dental care and personal service. Call us today at 562-434-6414 to schedule your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry appointments.