A New Year’s resolution is a decision to DO or not DO something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. We often make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more, but did you know there is an even easier resolution that only takes a couple minutes of your time a day? 

 

 

Above all other resolutions, a health mouth is an easy and effective resolution that can help you in multiple ways!

Whether you are already practicing good oral hygiene or know you need to make changes to better support your oral hygiene, there are usually new ways to improve the health of your mouth. A great time for oral hygiene is at the New Year!

Make an appointment:

Go ahead and call your dentist, don’t be scared! Schedule your two appointments with your Doctor ahead of time. Consistent cleanings are vital to your oral health. Along with a year exam with your Doctor with X-rays.

Tooth Brushing:

Stick to brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each session. This helps remove cavity causing plaque before it can turn into hardened calculus. Make sure you change out your tooth brush every 2 to 3 months or follow replacement instructions if you have an electric tooth brush.

Flossing:

Dental flossing helps remove plaque in between your teeth and areas that your tooth brush cannot reach. It’s one thing to prevent cavities on the surfaces of your teeth with tooth brushing. It’s another to prevent cavities on the sides of your teeth and hard to reach areas with dental flossing.

Mouthwash:

Swish a bit of mouthwash in your mouth twice a day. Mouthwash helps to control cavity causing plaque.

Nutrition:

Take additional efforts to protect your tooth enamel with calcium and phosphorus filled foods. These foods include: chicken, meats, cheeses, nuts and milk. Enjoy vegetables and fruits like apples and pears that work similarly to scourers that deep cleanse your teeth. Drink fluoridated water, milk, and unsweetened tea. Refrain from food and drinks that have acid and sugars. Use a straw if you must drink sugar filled drinks. Try to use sugar substitutes when possible.

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