4 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Protect Your Smile
It’s that time of year when everyone keeps their new year’s resolution list close by for reference. Many of us are focusing on our weight or achieving that perfect beach body. Some of us might be looking to transition into a new career.
With the year just starting, anything is possible. However, at Audubon Dental Center, we thought we’d provide a few new year’s resolutions that will benefit your teeth and gums, since they always get shortchanged this time of year.
1.) Quit Smoking
It doesn’t matter if you smoke a pack a day or just partake in an occasional smoke in social settings, tobacco can really do a number on your teeth. Tobacco products can also lead to gum disease and affect bone and soft tissue attachment to teeth and also increase your risk of getting new infections.
2.) See Your Family Dentist Twice This Year
Staying on top of your routine oral health checkups will help you stay ahead of the curve. Your dentist will be able to spot any potential problems before they become more serious issues down the road.
3.) Cut Out Sweets and Desserts
Eating processed sugars can do a number on the body, not just to the teeth and gums. Sugar can cause inflammation and boosts the aging process. Sugary foods also attack your teeth and gums, turning into harmful acids that break down your enamel and cause tooth decay. By cutting out sugar from your diet you’ll feel a number of health benefits beyond keeping your pearly whites sparkling.
4.) Perfect Your Brushing Routine
Knowing when to brush and how to brush are paramount in creating your at-home oral health and wellness plan. Brushing for multiple minutes twice daily at the very least is hugely important. Floss at least once a day. Make gentle, circular motions while brushing and make sure you don’t brush directly after eating or drinking — wait 15-30 minutes for your mouth to neutralize the acidity in foods and beverages.
We hope some of this helps you start your year off right. If you have any questions or just need to stop in for a check-up, contact Audubon Dental today. We provide oral health services for the entire family.