“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” –Oprah WinfreyWith the new year on the horizon, it’s time for us to start planning our resolutions. A new year also means a fresh start for each of us in many ways, and an opportunity to improve ourselves by whatever means we set our minds to. Interestingly enough, there are many new year’s resolution options that can actually help boost your dental health, and here are just a few to consider for the upcoming calendar year!
1– Floss More!Flossing is one of those things we all KNOW we should be doing at least once per day, but it’s pretty easy to blow it off, or skip it when we’re in a rush or tired and more than ready for bed. That said, resolving to floss your teeth more is a great way to improve overall dental health, eliminating food particles and bacteria from the mouth that can lead to decay and other dental problems.
2– Regular Dental ExamsThis potential resolution will be a relatively simple one to honor seeing as you only really need to visit the dentist for dental cleanings and exams twice per year (barring any problems). Making a commitment to see your dentist every six months can be a big step forward in your dental health journey. Cleanings help keep your pearly whites in their best condition, and your checkup and x-rays will help ensure any problems with your teeth or gums are detected and treated early.
3– Get a Night GuardAnother new year’s resolution that can help preserve your dental health is getting and regularly wearing a night guard while you sleep. The only real way to guard against the grind and preserve the integrity of your teeth is to wear a mouthguard while sleeping. Your Tedford family dentist can get you fitted for a custom night guard to prevent tooth damage, jaw tension, headings, and other dental problems by minimizing the effects of grinding and clenching throughout the night. This is a wise investment, and though the night guard may take some getting used to, it will be more than worth it in the long haul.
4– Avoid Stains!Perhaps your teeth aren’t quite as white as you’d like them to be? If this is the case with you, you could resolve to avoid drinks and foods that can stain your teeth over time. Coffee, tea, wine, and other food and drink can take their toll on teeth, but you can protect your teeth from these stains by avoiding these items whenever possible to protect the cosmetic appeal of your smile.
5– Drink More WaterIsn’t this something we could all stand to do? Probably. Water is like a dear friend to the human body. Getting enough water can result in more energy, healthier skin, better digestion, and much more. Drinking more water can also help boost your dental health by rinsing away food particles that can cause decay, and by introducing your teeth to more fluoride, which is in a lot of drinking water.
No matter what you settle on for this year’s resolutions, our team at Tedford Family Dentistry wishes you all the best in the upcoming year, and we’re here to support you and your family for all your dental health needs. Contact us if you need a cleaning or exam, and cheers to a new year.