Resolutions often begin with good intentions, but fall behind when the weeks and months pass. When you make resolutions for your oral health, start with lifestyle changes that will become a habit. Your oral health will continue to be a priority throughout this year and years into the future.
Lifestyle changes must include home care. Regardless of how busy your daily life may be, make a point of scheduling time for care of your teeth and gums. A quick whisk of the toothbrush is not enough for oral health. Plan in advance to spend a few minutes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Plan to do this once in the morning and once in the evening.
Lifestyle changes for the new year should include healthier food choices. Learn to enjoy fresh vegetables instead of sweet treats. Limit your consumption of soda pop, coffee, and tea. Caffeinated beverages can harm the tooth enamel, even if they do not contain sugar.
If you do not have a dentist, make regular appointments part of your new year’s resolutions. Even the best home oral care cannot substitute for routine dental visits. You can make an appointment with Dana Walters DDS for a complete examination. Your dental visit will also include professional cleaning. This process will remove plaque and tartar that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Professional cleaning will remove residue and bacteria from between your teeth and other areas you cannot easily reach with your toothbrush. When you leave the dentist’s office, your teeth will be sparkling clean and fresh.
When you visit the dentist, you will receive helpful information about oral care products. The new year is the ideal time to purchase new toothbrushes and toothpaste that are appropriate for your needs. The products you use will be more effective when they are the right products for you.
Everyone wants to start the new year with resolutions that will have long-term benefits. It is not enough to make a list that will be set aside and forgotten. You can have better oral health for the rest of your life if you take a sensible approach to these lifestyle changes.
Make sure you are never too busy to care for your teeth, visit the dentist, and choose healthy foods and beverages. Your lifestyle changes will become permanent, healthy habits.