Many of us have several New Year’s resolutions that we’d like to tackle this year, but whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds or land a big promotion at work, one resolution you should aim to achieve is maintaining excellent oral health. And by doing this, you can easily create a winning situation for both your smile and your wallet. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about how you can establish a few resolutions for the new year that are centered around achieving a healthy and brighter smile.
Boost Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Having a solid at-home oral hygiene routine is paramount when it comes to protecting your smile, and this year is a great opportunity to boost your regimen and ensure that you’re staying on top of things. Be sure that you’re brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
Healthier Dietary Choices
Your diet also has a significant impact on your oral health; what you eat can become food for bacteria in your mouth and potentially contribute to cavities, gum disease, and other conditions. You should aim to limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, reduce your snacking between meals, rinse with water after meals or sugary drinks, and aim to eat plenty of healthy options packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Water is the absolute best beverage for your body, as well as your oral health—it doesn’t just keep you hydrated, but it also encourages the flow of saliva inside your mouth. Since saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria, it’s in your best interest to drink water often. Make it a point to stay hydrated all year long so that your smile can stay in great shape.
Quit Bad Oral Habits
It’s common knowledge that smoking and using tobacco products isn’t great for you—but these habits are also incredibly detrimental to your oral health! Tobacco can stain your teeth and increase your risk of many serious dental problems. This could finally be the year you commit to quitting, and by doing so, you’re setting your smile up for a bright and healthy future!
Preventive Dental Care
One of the best ways to ensure that your smile looks and feels its absolute best all year round is by scheduling regular preventive dental visits. During these visits, your dentist can inspect your mouth for underlying oral issues, in addition to providing a detailed level of cleaning that you cannot carry out on your own.
This year is the perfect year to get your oral health back on track, and following these resolutions is the secret to doing so!
About the Practice
The team at Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra is thrilled to serve the dental needs of the Alhambra, CA community. The practice is proud to offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. If you’re ready to get your oral health back on track this year, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or over the phone to schedule an appointment: (626) 289-6131.