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Six New Year’s Resolutions for Better Dental Health Care

Most people don’t make New Year’s Resolutions and those that do, typically don’t follow through with them after a few weeks.  So we are not recommending “resolutions.” Instead, we are recommending that everyone develop new, healthy habits that will improve their dental and overall health care.   

The New Year is an opportunity to adopt lifelong, healthy dental habits. Your health begins with your teeth, so taking care of them should be a priority.

Here are six habits that we recommend you start if you have not been doing already.  Start the new year right.  

  1. Brush your teeth after every meal: Brushing your teeth protects them from gum disease and tooth decay. Plaque, which is a sticky, invisible film of bacteria, builds up on teeth after 2 hours. Brushing removes that plaque and also dislodges food and other debris from your teeth and gums. Brushing at least twice a day or after every meal, is a smart habit. Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work, and brush immediately after breakfast and lunch.
  2. Floss your teeth: Flossing lifts and removes plaque and food in between teeth. After brushing your teeth, flossing reaches deeper into places that the toothbrush cannot reach, mostly in between teeth. Flossing helps cleans your teeth and gums. If you don’t brush or floss, you may develop red, bleeding gums or gum disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis). Eventually, gum disease may cause heart issues and other serious health issues.  So remember to definitely floss every night and if possible, after every meal as well.
  3. Stop smoking: There is no room for smoking when it comes to dental health. Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, vaping, and other tobacco products may cause severe harm to your dental and oral health. Smoking discolors teeth and causes cavities, gum disease, and gum recession. There is nothing healthy about smoking! If you are smoking now or using tobacco products, please come up with a plan to stop! There are a number of products you can get to help you quit.  Besides that, smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer!
  4. Don’t drink as much alcohol: Alcohol contains sugars that can be harmful to teeth. Also, studies have shown that people who abuse alcohol tend to have increased gum recession and do not regularly brush their teeth.  Alcohol can also dry the mouth which can lead to decay and gum disease.
  5. Eat your fruits and vegetables: Poor eating habits and eating too many sugary foods contributes to poor dental health and gum disease. A regular diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps your body fight bacteria and inflammation. This, in turn, keeps your gums and teeth healthier. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not just a cliché.”  It’s great for your teeth and overall health as apples can help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  6. See your dentist at least twice a year: This will help prevent dental health problems and keep your teeth clean. Additionally, it will prevent you from having any serious dental problems as your dentist will monitor your health and make any recommendations to improve it. 

As we approach the New Year, resolve now to start new, healthy habits that will keep your dental health strong. You can start habits that you will keep for a lifetime!

All Smiles Bethesda has experienced dentists and dental hygienists who can take care of your dental needs.  If you would like to schedule an appointment at our family dentistry, please call us at 301-984-9646 or  info@allsmilesbethesda.com or lorraine@allsmilesbethesda.com

We serve the Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, and the Washington, DC area.

*** For more information on quitting smoking, read this article from Healthline.com. 

 

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