Do you want to go through 2021 with a healthy smile? Of course you do! However, many people don’t take all the steps that they need to in order to keep their smile in good shape. Fortunately, it is the best time of year for you to take steps to work towards becoming the best version of yourself. But don’t forget to include your smile! A dentist in Spring Lake shares some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will help you to achieve a healthy smile.
See Your Dentist
It is recommended that you see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings are checkups. However, approximately one third of Americans do not see their dentist as often as they would like. Whether you have a busy schedule or you are just forgetful and haven’t been for a while, now is a great time to change your ways. Give your dentist a call to schedule an appointment. Before you leave the practice, don’t forget to book your next visit.
As much as you would like too, you cannot hide the fact that you haven’t been flossing to your dentist or hygienist. Even if you brush regularly, there are still some areas of the mouth that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is necessary in order to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. This way, you can prevent the development of periodontal disease in the future. Set a reminder on your phone each night so you don’t forget.
Go Easy on the Sugar
Sweets are okay on occasion, but not frequently throughout the day. Your teeth will eventually pay the price. Don’t buy as many sugary treats. Instead stock up on other items that can help to fulfill your cravings. Instead of cola, try sparkling water. If you like to eat candy throughout the day, have a piece of sugar-free gum as an alternative.
Have More Tooth-Friendly Foods
You are probably used to hearing about foods that are bad for your smile, but there are some good ones as well. Dairy products are full of calcium and great for keeping your bones and teeth strong. Include milk, yogurt, and/or cheese in your diet. Other great options include apples, pears, cranberries, almonds, carrots, and celery.
You know that smoking is bad for your overall health, but did you know that it is also harmful for your smile? Tobacco products double your risk for gum disease and are linked to oral cancer. This habit can be very difficult to give up, so finding a healthier replacement activity is key. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways for you to quit for good.
Don’t forget about your oral health in 2021! By using some of these resolutions listed above, you can set your smile up for success in the new year.
About the Author
Dr. Edward J. Dooley is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for well over three decades. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, he went on to serve as a Dental Officer in the Navy from 1982 to 1985. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (732) 974-2288.