New Year’s resolution for a healthier smile
The New Year brings a new you, and this is a perfect time to set goals and resolutions for a healthier smile. By changing habits and getting your annual dental exam that you might have missed out last year can make a big change in the way how you feel and your health. Your dental New Year’s resolution could include small but achievable goals such as improve your toothbrushing habits, completing dental treatment plan that you put off, make better food and drink choices to keep your teeth and smile healthy. These are only a handful of goals that are simple and achievable that can be rewarding and motivating. Here are some helpful goals for a healthier smile if you have not set your New Year’s dental resolution.
Visit your dental hygienist for a cleaning
Starting the New Years with good brushing habits well set you on a great start for the year. If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental cleaning, start your New Years on a good smile by visiting your dental hygienist for a professional dental cleaning. When your teeth are professionally clean by a dental hygienist, they can get rid of plaque buildup around your lower front teeth, between teeth, and beneath the gum line. Your dental hygienist will have the tools to remove plaque and tartar build up that cannot be easily removed by brushing. If too much tartar and plaque build up, this can lead to gum disease and bad breath.
Brush and floss frequently to avoid gum disease and tooth decay
Flossing and brushing will remove plaque and food debris to help prevent gum disease. For better control of plaque buildup, brush at least twice a day using a good toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. If you are using a worn toothbrush from last year, consider replacing with a new tooth brush. A worn toothbrush bristles are not as effective at removing plaque than a new tooth brush. Brushing is only as effective as a good toothbrush. The fluoride toothpaste will help strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
If you’ve exhausted your dental insurance from last year and waiting to complete your dental treatment plan, the New Year would be a good time to get all your major dental work completed. Restoring function to teeth can help you eat healthier and prevent further dental complications. Crowns, implants, and fillings help preserve tooth structure and maintain proper tooth alignment.
Stop using tobacco products
A simple way to improve your smile and overall health is to stop using tobacco products. They can be very harmful to your smile because tobacco can stain your teeth, cause tooth decay, and is linked to cancer. Not only is stopping tobacco use can be beneficial for your smile, but it can be a health changing decision. Stopping tobacco use can significantly improve your health and wellbeing.
Start the New Year by giving California Dental Group a call at (800) 407-0161 to schedule your next dental appointment to stay on track with your New Year’s resolution.