2016 is here and many of you have started your New Year’s Resolutions. You may have started ways to lose weight, save money, and more. Your new goals should promote a healthier you; a healthier lifestyle. Why not make one of your New Year’s Resolutions improving your dental health?
Research shows that your mouth is directly linked to the rest of your body. Follow these suggestions below for a brighter healthier smile and healthier you in 2016.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water will keep your mouth moist and promotes healthy saliva flow. Saliva buffers all of the bad bacteria in your mouth promoting healthy gums and less cavities. Stay away from sugary drinks such as soda, vitamin water, and sports drinks as these will decrease your saliva flow.
Brush and floss regularly
Brushing and flossing your teeth are the first line of defense against oral health complications. Brushing and flossing will help eliminate harmful bacteria from building up on your teeth and causing cavities and gum disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minute intervals. Flossing removes the plaque from between the teeth and below the gums to help prevent gum disease. Invest in an electric toothbrush and/ or waterpik.
Quit smoking and use of all tobacco products
Using tobacco products can lead to yellow-unpleasant teeth, gum recession, bad breath, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. People who smoke are two times more likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers.
See your Dentists for Regular Checkups.
Seeing your dentist twice a year allows your dental team to monitor your dental health. This allows your dentist to address any areas of concern before they cause discomfort or require more extensive, costly treatment.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
A poor diet can lead to premature loss of tooth enamel resulting in a weaker tooth structure. Fruits and vegetables are full of valuable antioxidants and nutrients that help your mouth fight off bacteria and infection.