The new year is here, which means that it’s a good time to check in on some things you may not have thought much about in a while. For example, if you’re like many people, you might not be as considerate of your oral health as you ought to be.
Your teeth support you when you eat, drink, talk, and for many of the other important things in your life, so it may be a good idea to take on a new year’s resolution that can support your teeth. Here are a few ideas for resolutions that can help you do that.
Schedule a Checkup
What if you could make a resolution that could make a massive difference in your life, and that you could complete in a single day? If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you can do that by calling them and making an appointment for a checkup.
Within a single appointment, your dentist can not only check you for a wide variety of oral health problems, but can also clean your teeth in places that you can’t reach on your own with brushing.
Flossing is simple, but for some reason, it often goes neglected. Brushing alone can’t effectively clean plaque deposits that have settled in between the teeth. That plaque buildup can begin to contribute to gum disease, which means inflamed gums, bad breath, and potentially tooth loss in very advanced cases.
Flossing hardly takes any time at all and doing it once a day is one of the most important steps you can take to facilitate your oral health. If you’ve long struggled to clean between your teeth, you might give it another try in the new year.
Cut Back on Smoking
This is one of the most common new year’s resolutions there is, and it’s easy to see why. Smoking contributes to a wide array of health problems, including several that affect the mouth. Between bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer, quitting smoking can make a massive impact on your oral health.
There are plenty of things you can do for your oral health; even if you don’t like the ones that are on this list, so long as you do something consistently, your teeth are bound to be better by this time next year.
About Our Practice
Dr. Edward J. Dooley has been practicing as a dentist for over 40 years, and in all that time one thing hasn’t changed: his commitment to providing his patients with high-quality dental care. That dedication has led him to always stay at the top of his field. Dr. Dooley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and he has been recognized as a Fellow by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
If you have any questions about how best to maintain your oral health in the new year, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (732) 974-2288.