It seems the world is our oyster each time a new year rolls around, inspiring us to become better, healthier versions of ourselves. What will your resolutions for 2019 be? Perhaps this year you can add to the list the resolution that, in 2019, you will improve your dental health care. You already know how important your teeth are to your health, so treat them well this upcoming year! Here are a few things to do to help you conquer your new resolution.
- Eat well. It’s important to eat well for its’ own sake (and yours!) but eating well is incredibly important for your dental health as well. Poor nutrition can lead to a weak immune system which makes you susceptible to disease, including oral & gum. But eating plenty of fruits and veggies helps strengthen teeth, clean plaque, and freshen breath. So, be sure to include plenty of teeth-healthy foods in your diet in the new year!
- Ditch the sugar. We say it repeatedly but only because it’s true – sugar is bad for your teeth! When sugary items are broken down by your saliva, acids are produced that wear away your enamel leading to tooth decay. Try limiting sugary drinks like soda and juice; stick to sugarless chewing gum; and try out snacks that are more savory than sweet. Your teeth will thank you!
- Quit smoking. Quitting smoking may already be on your resolution list for the new year so here’s one more reason to give it a go. Smoking (and using tobacco in general, ie chewing tobacco) causes a variety of issues with your teeth and mouth. We’re talking everything from stained teeth to cavities to gum disease to oral cancer. And did you know that smokers are ~2x as likely as non-smokers to lose their teeth? No matter how you look at it, quitting smoking and/or using tobacco will lead to better oral health and health in general!
- Be on guard. If you’re an athlete, be sure to keep your teeth safe by always wearing a mouthguard when you play. Likewise, if you’re a tooth grinder, make sure you’re wearing what you need when you go to sleep every night!
- Keep healthy habits. Yes, here’s the part where we remind you to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. (Would we really be dentists if we didn’t reiterate this every chance we got?) Brushing and flossing are your first line of defense against plaque, so be a warrior and fight it head-on. And remember to visit us twice a year for your regular cleanings!
- Be bright. Make your smile even more stunning by having your teeth whitened. Our GLO Science is the most advanced system of teeth whitening that is available and is the gold standard amongst dentists. Safe, simple, and effective, you’ll find yourself with a brighter smile in no time!
Once you make them, you’ll find healthy habits are hard to break. Plus, your teeth will look and feel so good you won’t want to. So, gear up, get ready, and make 2019 the year of happy, healthy teeth!