Dental Resolutions For The New Year
As we start the new year, take a minute to reflect upon any resolutions you want to make for 2018. Your goals may include things like resolving to learn a new skill, the promise of more travel, to pledging to take better care of yourself. A great place to start is with your oral health. Don’t forget that your mouth is constantly in use and requires some maintenance. Perhaps it’s a cleaning you’ve been meaning to schedule or dental treatment you keep overlooking. Here are some dental resolutions to consider for healthier teeth and gums for the new year.
Schedule An Appointment
If you haven’t seen us in the last 6 months or more, it’s time to make an appointment. We recommend that adults and children be seen every 6 months for a routine cleaning and checkup. Routine visits can help detect problems early on. Problems like tooth decay and bleeding gums are easier to treat in the early stages and can also save you valuable time and money on extensive treatments. Schedule an appointment today so we can get you on the path for a healthier mouth.
Commit To A Good Routine
Brushing twice a day, for 2 minutes can aid in the removal of food particles from your teeth as well as help you avoid gum disease. If you’re not sure if you’ve reached the two minute mark, there are many battery operated/electric toothbrushes out there that have timers to alert you when you’re done brushing. Brushing alone can only clean so much of your teeth. Flossing allows you to get the gunk out in between your teeth—where your toothbrush can’t reach. The longer the food particles and bacteria sit on your teeth, the more likely it is to start damaging your enamel. Also, remember your toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3 to 4 months according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Decrease Your Sugar Intake
It’s easy to reach for a cookie or a soda when you feel your energy start to wane. Do your teeth and your body a favor by reaching for an apple, carrots, or celery instead. These snacks are not only high in fiber, but they also help produce more saliva in your mouth which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Cheese and yogurt are also great snack alternatives. These snacks are high in calcium and protein which help strengthen your teeth. Need to quench your thirst? Water is always the best option.
Kick The Bad Habits
Bad habits like using your teeth as tools, chewing on your fingernails, grinding your teeth, and smoking can have a negative impact. Over time, these bad habits run the risk of cracking, chipping, and wearing down your teeth. In regards to smoking, it not only tarnishes your teeth, but tobacco use can cause your teeth to fall out as well as increase a patient’s risk in developing gum disease and oral cancer.
Smiling has many health benefits like improving your mood to lowering your blood pressure. If you don’t quite have the smile you desire, let Bassett Creek Dental help you develop a plan to achieve a brighter or more confident smile. Whether you’re looking for straighter teeth with Invisalign, whitening procedures, veneers or implants, we have many cosmetic dentistry options to help you attain a dazzling smile.
Start The Path To Restoration
The new year is a wonderful time to start laying the foundation for a better smile. Help maintain your tooth structure and proper tooth alignment by restoring your teeth. Most dental benefits renew the first of the year. Schedule an appointment today at 763-546-1301, to go over which treatment takes priority in regards to any crowns, fillings, extractions, and other dental treatments you may need. At Bassett Creek Dental, we look forward to helping you achieve your dental goals for the year.