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With a new year comes new goals, and a chance to revamp our efforts toward being the best version of ourselves. Many of us choose to focus on our health this time of year, especially after indulging in so much merriment over the holidays. But while you’re focusing on making positive changes to your diet and exercise plan, don’t leave out your smile!
Your oral health is closely intertwined with your overall health. Without a good oral hygiene routine, you leave yourself at risk not only for cavities, but also heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. For total body wellness this year and beyond, resolve to incorporate these oral hygiene tips into your daily routine.
Say Hello to Healthy Brushing and Flossing Habits…
You probably know that you should be flossing—but why? Flossing is an essential part of a healthy oral hygiene routine because it removes harmful plaque from hard-to-reach places. Fun fact: plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. When left to build up, it can lead to bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, and even heart disease.
The ideal oral hygiene routine for busting plaque buildups and maintaining healthy gums includes brushing, flossing, and using a water flosser. For anyone who has had trouble getting into the flossing groove, a water flosser is a great way to get yourself into the habit and maintain healthy gums! We highly recommend adding this extra boost to your routine, especially for those with gum issues and braces.
Try incorporating these habits into your day for a fresh, healthy smile:
- Brush gently, using a soft-bristled toothbrush held at a 45-degree angle
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day
- Floss slowly and thoroughly once per day, ideally before bedtime
- Use your water flosser to wash away any last debris
- Rinse using an ADA-approved mouthwash
… And Say Goodbye to Unhealthy Habits
The battle between dentists and sugar has been cemented in popular culture for decades. It’s not the actual sugar we’re battling, though—it’s more to do with the bacteria that live on your teeth. Like us, these bacteria love to eat sugar, and they release acids as they feast. Over time, those acids damage your enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to disease.
To ensure a healthy mouth, avoid consuming excess sugar, including soda and alcoholic beverages. And if your new year’s resolutions don’t yet include quitting tobacco products, now is the time. To make this the year you finally quit, see the CDC’s wealth of free smoking cessation resources or reach out to your family dentist for tips and support.
Foods for a Happy Mouth
That’s right—your diet contributes a lot to your oral hygiene! If your resolutions include eating right, you’re already in a great position to improve your oral health. Especially if you have certain chronic conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, a healthy diet is essential for managing both your oral and overall health.
Choose foods and beverages high in calcium and Vitamin D to promote strong bones and teeth. Fruits and vegetables should make up the largest portion of your plate, followed by a serving of healthy whole grains. Finally, choose varied and lean proteins, such as poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and legumes. There’s no secret trick or crash diet here—just balanced nutrition all around.
Did you drink water today? This question is more than just a helpful social media trend. Staying hydrated keeps saliva flowing, which plays a surprisingly vital role in your oral health. Saliva provides tooth enamel with key minerals, washes away excess food and debris, and neutralizes acidity in your mouth. Make proper hydration a priority this year for a healthy smile, a healthy body, and a healthy mind.
Keep Regular Appointments with Your Family Dentist
Last but not least on our list of oral health resolutions is visiting your dentist. We recommend coming to see us twice a year (every six months) for a professional deep cleaning and examination. Keeping your visits regular allows us to catch dental problems early on and treat them before they progress.
If it’s been a while since you visited a dentist’s office, don’t worry. We’re here to help, not to make you feel guilty. When you visit Dastrup Dental, you become part of the family—and supporting our family’s well-being is priority number one! Resolve to enhance your health this year by scheduling a visit with Dr. Dastrup today.
Dastrup Dental: Your Family Dentist in Davidson, NC
Are you ready to face the new year with a bright and confident smile? Visit Dastrup Dental for all of your family, cosmetic, and airway dentistry needs. Give us a call at 704-741-9081 or schedule an appointment online to get started on your journey to better oral health.