4 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile
January 20, 2022
There is no better time than the beginning of the new year to start out fresh with some healthier lifestyle choices. Whether you are looking to get additional exercise, spend a full 8 hours getting much needed sleep, or taking the time to meditate before starting work, you are taking a step to better yourself. If you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, or you have room for a few more, you’re in luck! Here are a handful of New Year’s resolutions that can help you work towards a healthy smile.
See Your Dentist More Often
Regular cleanings and checkups are essential to maintain a healthy smile, but approximately one third of Americans don’t see their dentist as often as they should. Starting in 2022, give your dentist a call to schedule an appointment. Before you leave the practice, be sure to book your next visit. This way, you will be back on track!
Using tobacco products doubles your risk for gum disease. It’s also linked to many other serious health issues, including oral cancer. This habit can be incredibly difficult to quit, so it’s important that you find healthier replacement activities for when the cravings kick in. Talk to your friends, family, and doctor about the best ways that you can give up this habit for good!
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually do too much damage, but if you are constantly consuming them throughout the day, this can increase your risk of tooth decay and other issues all throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats you buy. Try to find something else that satisfies your cravings. For example, switch out soda for sparkling water, or chew sugar-free gum instead of eating candy.
Floss Every Day
Brushing is effective as removing plaque and food debris from your teeth, but there are some places that your toothbrush can’t quite reach. That’s why flossing is so necessary in order to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already in the habit of flossing every day, the new year is a great time to get started. Place your container of floss right next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth.
Don’t forget about your smile in 2022. By using the tips listed above, you can work towards maintaining excellent oral health in the new year!
About the Practice
At Dental Expressions, we have two experienced dentists providing personalized dental care in Freedom, WI. Both Dr. Robert Heil and Dr. Heather Heil earned their dental degrees from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis and have been practicing for over two decades. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (920) 788-6280.
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