We all have good intentions when we make our New Year’s resolutions, but carrying through with them is another matter entirely. But in some cases, as in your oral health, turning over a new leaf has enormous benefits, and it’s these resolutions you want to try hard to keep.
Your St. Paul general dentist wants you to enjoy the healthiest possible smile, so we are sharing a few resolutions you can make that benefit your oral health.
Schedule a Dental Appointment: If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, don’t feel like you’re alone! The American Dental Association (ADA) says that about a third of people in the US don’t keep routine appointments.
So even if your teeth look and feel okay, set a reminder for January 2 and make your appointment. Most dentists send out reminder cards a week prior or call a day before your appointment; check that yours does.
Commit to Flossing: Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mo uth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.
If your flossing skills have gotten rusty, ask your hygienist to show you the proper steps so you can be sure you are getting the most out of your efforts.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake: Everyone knows that sugar is terrible for your teeth, and cutting back can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay. You should reduce the number of sugary treats you buy, and make simple swaps like drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum if you have a sweet craving.
Choose Mouth-Healthy Foods: Resolve to add foods to your diet that support good oral health. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that can stimulate saliva flow and scrub away plaque and other food bits.
Call Us for Helpful Advice!
We applaud your efforts for a healthier smile and will support you in every way possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the St. Paul general dentist to arrange an appointment!