Now that another year has gone by, it’s time to move toward a fresh start.
This clean slate is the perfect time to set a goal to help better yourself. Last year, NBC reported that the most common New Year’s resolution was to get healthy. For most people, that would entail a healthier diet and daily exercise regimen, and that’s great! Making those changes will definitely lead to a healthier, happier life. However, we think there is something missing with that plan of action.
In 2018, why not make a change that involves showing your teeth a little extra love?
A Healthy Body Means a Healthy Smile
As we’ve said in the past, the health of our smile goes beyond the surface. If you neglect your smile, this can increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and dementia.
There are also the obvious benefits. A healthy mouth will allow you to chew and swallow your food properly, and a healthy set of chompers can be the boost forward that you need to tackle 2018’s challenges with confidence. If that sounds good to you, keep reading to learn our five best resolutions to make for your smile.
Our Five Best New Year’s Resolutions
- Drink More Water. When your body is properly hydrated, your oral health will benefit. A crucial component of your oral health is efficient saliva production, since this liquid wonder rinses leftover food particles off of your teeth. Because water is a building block of saliva production, you can see why doubling down will help keep your oral health in top shape.
- Kick the Habit. There is no shortage of reasons to quit using tobacco, but here’s another: it’s bad for your oral health. Tobacco users have a higher risk of gum disease and mouth cancer. Plus, it can cause increased plaque buildup and stale breath.
- Stop by for Your Six-Month Cleanings. It’s true, we love when you visit us in our office, but that isn’t the only reason we’re always pushing for six-month check-ups! We use x-rays to make sure there isn’t trouble brewing under the surface of your teeth, and those professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar. By the way, if you make it to your twice-yearly checkups, you have a much lower chance of developing an issue that will require more intense treatment, such as a root canal or filling.
- Floss Every Day. A lot of people struggle with this one, but trust us, once you build the habit of flossing, it’s hard to stop! Flossing is the only way to clean between your teeth and underneath your gumline, where 40% of your tooth surfaces are located. For easy flossing, try Gumchucks!
- Whiten Your Smile. While whitening your teeth is a cosmetic procedure, it can give you a tremendous boost of self-esteem. When your teeth are a dazzling shade of white, you won’t be able to stop smiling, and what a way to start the year! Learn more about our whitening services.
Happy New Year from all of us at Alrez Family Dentistry!