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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit Your Smile

December 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccmarion @ 1:39 am
New Year's Eve

There is no better time than the beginning of the new year to get started with some more wholesome lifestyle habits. Whether you are looking to eat more vegetables, spend a full 8 hours sleeping each night, or meditate every morning, you are taking a step to better your life. As for your dental health, there are always additional steps that you can take to improve. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that can help you to keep your smile healthy in 2022.

Attend Routine Dental Checkups

While regular cleanings and checkups are essential for optimal dental health, approximately one third of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they should. At the beginning of the new year, give your dentist a call to book an appointment. Before you leave the practice, be sure to schedule your next visit. This way, you will be back on track with regular appointments.

Floss Once Daily

Brushing is highly effective at removing plaque and food particles from your teeth, but there are some places that your toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach. That’s why flossing is so necessary to remove bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already in the habit of flossing on a regular basis, the new year is a great time to get started! Place your container of floss right next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth.

Give Up Smoking

Using tobacco products doubles your risk for gum disease! It is also linked to many other serious health issues, including oral cancer. This habit can be incredibly difficult to quit, so it’s important that you find healthier replacement activities for when the craving kicks in. Talk to your friends, family, and doctor about the best ways you can quit for good.

Limit Your Sugar Intake

An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually do too much harm, but if you are constantly consuming them throughout the day, this can increase your risk for cavities and other problems throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats that you buy. Try to find something else that satisfies the craving. For instance, instead of a can of cola, try having a crisp bottle of sparkling water instead. Instead of a piece of hard candy, have a piece of sugarless chewing gum.

Enjoy Smile-Friendly Snacks

The good news is that not all foods are harmful for your teeth. In fact, some are actually quite beneficial. Try to add some more smile-friendly snacks to your diet. Dairy products are excellent for your teeth because they are high in calcium. Try having some yogurt or a glass of milk with your breakfast. Cheese makes a great snack as well. Fibrous foods and vegetables, like apples, pears, carrots, and celery help to stimulate saliva flow and clean your teeth. Instead of potato chips or crackers, have some nutrient-rich nuts.

Don’t leave your smile behind in 2022. By trying out the resolutions listed above, you can work towards excellent oral health in the new year!

About the Author

Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Currently, he is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), the Ohio Dental Association (ODA), the Columbus Dental Society (CDS), Spear Education Society, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the American Orthodontists Society. For more ways to keep your smile healthy in 2022 or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marion, visit his website or call (740) 725-8000.

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