We all know that dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment.
Whatever your resolution might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.
Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits
Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Should you want to try a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup, just remember that Xylitol can be deadly to dogs.
Improving Your Smile
There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use or for better results administered by a our staff at the dental office (ask us about the Zoom Whitening System).
The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings.
Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow our hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.