The New Year is rapidly approaching, and you may have already begun to think about some resolutions you would like to set for yourself. Many people set resolutions to encourage healthy habits, like losing weight or exercising more. But as dentists, we often find that one significant area is overlooked when it comes to setting goals — oral health.
According to Mayo Clinic, poor oral health may contribute to different diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves), pregnancy and birth complications and pneumonia. Furthermore, if you already suffer from diseases like diabetes or osteoporosis, you may be at a higher risk for oral health problems.
If you want to take better care of your teeth and gums in the New Year, setting these three resolutions will give you a brighter and healthier smile throughout next year and the years to come!
IMPROVE TOOTH BRUSHING AND FLOSSING HABITS
Brushing and flossing your teeth each day is an easy yet effective way to improve your oral health in the New Year and beyond. To remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes, two times per day using an ADA-approved, soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Anything harder, even medium-bristled toothbrushes, can wear away tooth enamel. Soft bristles also clean more effectively than hard bristles because they can bend and get under your gums. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line and moving your toothbrush back and forth in short, gentle strokes. The American Dental Association also recommends flossing at least once per day to remove plaque and food particles that have accumulated between your teeth and under your gum line throughout the day. If you would like to learn more about how to brush and floss your teeth, check out our blog Teeth Brushing 101.
CHOOSE HEALTHY FOODS AND BEVERAGES
Choosing healthy foods and beverages is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. Remember, the foods we eat and the drinks we consume all come into contact with our teeth and gums. Sugar-filled sodas, processed foods and acidic food and drinks can contribute to tooth decay and the destruction of tooth enamel. Therefore, try consuming foods and drinks that improve your oral health. For example, foods and beverages high in calcium like cheese, almonds or milk can benefit tooth health. Protein-rich foods high in phosphorus like meat, poultry and fish can help develop and maintain strong teeth. And don’t forget those fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, stimulate saliva production and neutralize acids. Additionally, they are high in vitamin C, which is necessary for healthy gums, and vitamin A, which helps to build tooth enamel.
What is the best beverage you can drink for oral health? You probably guessed it — water. Water helps to detox the body, strengthen teeth, and keep your mouth clean. Plus, it is zero calories! If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right foods and drinks to keep your mouth healthy, check out our blog, How Nutritional Choices Affect Your Oral Health.
SCHEDULE ROUTINE DENTAL VISITS
If it has been a while since you have visited a dentist, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association, 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year. However, booking routine dental appointments is crucial to maintaining good oral health.
Dental exams are an essential part of preventive dental care. Preventive dentistry is the practice of taking care of your teeth to keep them happy and healthy. Preventive dentistry aids in the avoidance of cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, gingivitis and periodontitis. To encourage healthy teeth habits, it is recommended that all individuals schedule regular check-ups with their dentist, typically every six to 12 months. This will ensure that your dentist can monitor your oral health and make recommendations for possible concerns as necessary.
It is a normal reaction to feel anxious about going to the dentist. However, it is our goal to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible! At the Landing Dental Spa, we offer many complimentary amenities such as heated massage chairs, WiFi internet, heated neck pillows, soothing spa music, warm blankets, personal flat-screen TVs and much more! If you would like to learn more about dental anxiety, check out our blog, Avoid Dental Anxiety at The Landing Dental Spa.
IMPROVE YOUR ORAL HEALTH IN THE NEW YEAR | THE LANDING DENTAL SPA
We hope these New Year’s resolutions will inspire you to improve your oral hygiene habits and treat your teeth and gums right in the New Year! If you have any questions or would like to schedule a dental appointment, please give us a call at 304-594-2200 or contact us online.
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year from The Landing Dental Spa!