The year is quickly coming to a close and with it will come a new year. In this new year, you have the chance to improve your dental health through New Year’s Resolutions. Many people make these resolutions, whether it is to lose weight, go to church, or just call your mom once in a while. But dental goals often go overlooked. This year, take the time to consider some of your dental health goals! Below are some that you might consider:
We all know we should eat healthy to help our bodies run smoothly. Did you realize that eating healthy can also improve your dental health? Cutting out the sweets and reducing your alcohol intake, for starters, can have huge impacts on your dental health. Sure, kale isn’t as tasty as fried chicken, but making simple choices like that can have long-term benefits for your teeth.
Commit to Your Habits
When was the last time you flossed? If you said anything other than yesterday, you have some room for improvement. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day isn’t just recommended for fun – these two habits can make a huge difference in your overall dental health and systemic health. As the new year rolls in, recommit to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
Quit Smoking and Other Tobacco Products
There are many reasons to quit smoking and other tobacco products, but some of those reasons are dental. Did you know smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as a non-smoker? If you want to make sure you never have to worry about a toothless smile, consider ditching the cigarettes and tobacco products, if for no other reason than your pearly whites.
Try Restorative and Cosmetic Services
Whatever the reasons are that your teeth aren’t what you would like, you can have them fixed. This can improve your health and, just as importantly, your confidence. Try a teeth whitening treatment or even Invisalign® to fix a crooked smile. Talk to your dentist about your options and what procedures are available to you.
Preventative, Regular Dental Visits
When was the last time you visited the dentist? When is your next appointment? You should be having dental visits every six months to maintain your dental health. The x-rays can show you where cavities are forming and the cleanings are great for preventing things like cavities and gingivitis. You need these cleanings for your overall health and you can commit to having two dental visits this year as part of your New Year’s Resolutions.
No matter what you choose for the rest of your New Year’s Resolutions, make sure you have at least a couple dental goals on there, too. Enjoy the celebration and maybe go buy some floss!
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