With the start of the new year, now is the ideal time to set new goals for yourself for the year. As you are setting resolutions to eat healthier, become more financially stable, or to finish that degree, do not forget about your dental health. As you work on becoming a happier and healthier version of yourself, make your oral health a priority. As your dentist in Encinitas, we are here to help you reach your goals with 7 simple dental health resolutions.
You have been told from a very young age to brush your teeth twice a day, but chances are you skip on brushing every now and then. By doing so, you are increasing your risk for the development of tooth decay and gum disease. You need to brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes to ensure you are cleaning each surface of your teeth.
Too many people underestimate the importance of flossing daily. Brushing your teeth is not enough to prevent gum disease. You need to floss in between each tooth one a day using an ADA-approved dental floss. Be sure to hug your tooth with the dental floss while you gently extend the floss to the gum line and back up to the top of the tooth.
The foods you eat can damage your teeth, such as sugary and starchy foods, which cause cavities. Limit your consumption of foods and drinks the increase your risk for tooth decay. Eat a well-balanced diet for a healthy body and mouth.
Your home oral hygiene is only half of the care you need. You need to visit your dentist twice a year for a regular cleaning and checkup as recommended by the American Dental Association. With regular checkups and cleanings, you will promote your oral health all year.
If your teeth become damaged, do not delay treatment. The longer you wait, the more extensive the damage will become. Have damaged teeth repaired immediately to protect the health and beauty of the teeth.
If you have bad habits that can damage the teeth, such as smoking, alcohol use, or using your teeth as tools, stop these habits right away. By making simple changes to your lifestyle, you will help to ensure your teeth last a lifetime.
If you are self-conscious about your smile, it is time to get a smile you love with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry will not just make your teeth look better, but will also improve the function and health of your teeth as well.
As the new year starts, we can help you reach your oral health goals. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Together, we will ensure you maintain a healthy mouth all year long.