New Year’s resolutions are often hard to keep. We make grand promises on December 31st and somehow fall behind within the first week. There are a few simple dental health resolutions you can implement that will have your teeth thanking you by next December.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on the path to a healthy, beautiful smile:
- Correct your dental issues. You’ve probably been saying for years that you need to replace that old filling in your mouth, or maybe you recently chipped a tooth and have been putting off fixing it. Make a New Year’s resolution to put your teeth first, and get your dental problems solved. If you don’t already have a cosmetic dentist, find one you can trust like Dr. Warr in West Jordan, and schedule regular check ups to keep your teeth in good shape.
- Brush twice and floss daily. Hopefully, brushing your teeth twice a day is already part of your routine, but if not, brushing and flossing only adds a few minutes to your daily dental hygiene regimen. The best time to floss is at night before bed. The build up from eating throughout the day needs to be cleaned out in order for your teeth and gums to stay healthy. You might even wake up with fresher breath having flossed and brushed the night before. After two weeks, these simple dental routines will become a natural part of your schedule. Make sure to pick a soft bristle toothbrush. Remember to replace it every three or four months and after you’re sick. Brushing and flossing prevents bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis.
- Cut out carbs, acidic foods, and sugary drinks. Cutting back on carbs can do more than help your waistline, staying away from carbohydrates can keep you from tooth decay and help the flossing process too. Acidic fruits like oranges are good for your overall health, but they break down the enamel of your teeth. If you can’t stay away from beverages and foods that have carbs, sugar, and acidic properties, make sure to brush or chew gum afterward.
- Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco products cause bad breath, yellow teeth, gum decay, and a number of other health concerns. This is one resolution that will be the hardest to achieve, but the most rewarding.
Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions get away from you. Start small, with brushing and flossing, then work your way up to corrective dentistry and healthier living. Instead of regretting your dental choices in December, you’ll be smiling wider with healthy teeth and gums.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in West Jordan contact Warr Dental at (801) 216-3713 to schedule an appointment today. We serve clients in South Jordan, Salt Lake City, Midvale, and surrounding Utah areas.