Get a Good Start on Your New Year’s Resolution to Maintain Oral Health
With mounting evidence that oral health and overall health are closely linked, it is certainly important to do whatever is possible to improve and maintain great dental health. So get a jump start this New Year on the things that will make you feel and look great. An appointment with your dentist for a thorough cleaning and dental exam is certainly an excellent place to begin.
And while losing weight, beginning an exercise program, and quitting smoking are probably the most obvious New Year’s resolutions, a much easier way to improve how you look and feel is to adopt habits that will improve the health of your teeth and gums.
Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and healthy grains certainly fits with your vow to get healthy, and you are accomplishing one of the biggest goals you can to help with your oral health. But it’s not just about what you eat … it’s also about the foods that are best to avoid.
While some believe sugar free soda is a good choice, it can be very damaging for your teeth. The acids in all soda can damage protective dental enamel leading to tooth decay; however, if you are going to drink the occasional soda it is important that you don’t sip on it, consume it with a meal, and use a straw. Sugary treats and beverages should be saved for special occasions, and not consumed on a daily basis.
Daily Oral Health Regimen
Brush your teeth at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a gentle hand brushing for two minutes each time for the best result. Make sure to brush the top, back, and front of every tooth.
Flossing daily will remove what your toothbrush missed. While brushing is important, you only reach about two thirds of the surfaces of your teeth with your toothbrush. Dental floss can finish the job and when done properly, floss supports gum health while helping to prevent plaque from building on teeth.
Finally, if you use tobacco in any form (including electronic cigarettes) there is never a better day to quit than today. Tobacco use contributes to gum disease and tooth loss. Your dentist is there to help you with the programs that can help you quit this deadly habit.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Randy Parham today.