What New Year’s Resolutions will you be making this year? We hope that one of them will be adopting habits for a healthier mouth. After all, your oral health is closely linked to your overall health as well as your confidence. Here are some New Year’s resolutions for a healthier mouth.
Floss, Floss, Floss!
If you skip flossing, don’t! It’s one of the best ways to dislodge food debris from between the teeth. If it’s left, bacteria will thrive, causing decay and gum disease. Find flossing tough? Use flossing sticks or waxy strings, which glide easily between the teeth.
Book a check-up with your dentist
If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, booking an appointment should be one of your New Year’s resolutions for a healthier mouth. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash each day is great, they are no substitute for a thorough check-up and a regular deep clean. Your dentist will also be able to spot problems early, reducing the need for invasive and expensive treatment.
Eat less sugar
This sounds more like one of your run-of-the-mill New Year’s resolutions. But eating less sugar will really benefit your teeth. When bacteria in your mouth break down sugars, they produce acid which dissolves the tooth’s protective surface and leads to decay.
Drink more water
Water is the only drink that is good for your teeth. Coffee, wine, and fizzy drinks contain acids that stain the teeth, wear enamel away, and cause bad breath. Drinking more water and cutting down on drinks that are harmful to teeth should definitely be one of your New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier mouth.
Brighten your smile
Though whiter teeth aren’t necessarily healthy teeth, they do look good and will make you feel more confident. If you don’t want to fork out for expensive professional teeth whitening, a gentle but effective teeth whitening pen you can use at home will do the trick.
This is also high up on the list of resolutions people make, but stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. Smoking has been proven to not only stain your teeth, but harm your teeth and gums, cause oral cancer, and slow recovery from oral infections.
For more interesting articles on what you can do for a healthier mouth and the products you need for a bright and healthy smile, check out the rest of our blog.