Four Resolutions for Healthy Teeth
We all make new year’s resolutions and most of us end up giving them up by spring. If you’ve made the same resolutions year after year and still haven’t made it made it through completing them, time for a new list. How about making it a simple one and focus on keeping your pearly whites in good shape for 2018? These four tips should be easy to hit your goals and leave you smiling.
Schedule a dental appointment. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, you’re not alone. Booking an appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. According to research, some conditions — such as sensitivity in the teeth or bleeding gums — are sure signs that it’s time to see a dentist. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, schedule an appointment.
Commit to flossing. Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.
Cut out the sugar. Studies prove that there is a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of decay he or she has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to do this is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.
Eat more mouth-healthy foods. Resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.