Coming into the new year, you’re likely making resolutions to be happier and healthier in 2019. Rather than making the same gym routine resolutions you do every year, commit to improving your oral health. After all, it’s just as important as being in shape.
Yellow teeth and gum disease aren’t the only things you’re risking by not keeping up with your dental hygiene routine. Oral health issues have been linked to other serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and respiratory infections.
5 Resolutions for Your Teeth
- Give up Tobacco – Chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and cigars can cause mouth cancer and seriously damage your teeth. Tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease, causes plaque buildup, yellows teeth, and causes halitosis.
- Floss Daily – You hear this all the time, but it’s about time you start. Flossing is a simple step you can take to remove excess food particles, prevent plaque buildup, and contribute to a whiter smile.
- Make Your Dental Appointments – No one enjoys getting cavities filled or enduring root canals, so why skip your six month check-up? Your dentist appointments are our opportunity to prevent decay and serious dental work.
- Whiten Your Teeth – This is one resolution that doesn’t actually affect your oral health, but it can boost your self confidence. However, we do recommend professional whitening over drugstore products.
- Drink Plenty of Water – A hydrated body produces more and healthier saliva, which is important for rinsing your teeth between brushing. Whatever your body weight is, cut that number in half and aim to drink that many ounces of water each day.