Every year we all make a variety of new year’s resolutions, but unfortunately many of us don’t follow through. If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, these five resolutions may help you.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, you’re not alone. About one third of people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist yearly, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). But booking this appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. To make the process of scheduling visits easier, book your next one before you leave their office.
Commit to Flossing
Brushing your teeth twice daily isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. For 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. One way to make it easier to remember is putting a container of floss on top of or directly next to your toothpaste.
Cut Back on Sugar
Studies have confirmed a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay s/he has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. Drink sugar-free sparkling water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.
Kick the Habit
Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and is linked to a host of other health issues.
Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods
When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet’s benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth. Foods high in fiber call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food items.
Making your new year’s resolutions as easy as possible to stick with will help you keep them.