New year, New you: New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile
With the new year here, you may have already begun work on your New Year’s resolutions. Many people set new goals about having a more active and healthier lifestyle for the new year. Healthy resolutions can also keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following resolutions can help you in getting to a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year:
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products
Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing).
Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day
Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque – a sticky, colorless, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health: according to the Academy of General Dentistry, only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth where decay and gum disease often begins.
See Your Dentist for Regular Checkups
By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.
At Modern Smiles Dental Care in Burlington our dentist, Dr. Sarita Malhotra takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health. Schedule an appointment today!