Another year has come and gone. Now's the time to reflect on all you've accomplished in the last year, as well as look forward to creating memories and celebrating new accomplishments in the new year. January 1st offers a fresh slate for your goals. Why not set a new year's resolution that prioritizes dental hygiene?
Your oral health is more important than you think! Make this the year you take better care of your mouth. Here are five ways to ensure top-notch dental hygiene:
1. Replace your toothbrush throughout the year
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is critical for optimal oral health, so that means your toothbrush is going to wear down fast. According to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, and possibly sooner if the bristles are looking rough.
2. Make healthier dietary choices
The foods and beverages you consume have a large impact on your tongue, gums, and teeth. Eating too many foods loaded with refined sugars and carbohydrates feeds the bad bacteria in your mouth, ultimately fueling them to spark bad breath, diminish your tooth's enamel and cause cavities. Be conscious of your food choices and consider using TheraBreath Oral Rinse after eating. Want to learn more about foods that are good for your teeth?
3. Drop the bad habits
Smoking is commonly associated with health concerns, and that risk includes the state of your oral well-being. According to the Oral Health Foundation, smoking tobacco stains the teeth and can also lead to gum disease and throat cancer.
"Alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugar content and acidity."
Alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugar content and acidity, which makes drinking often horrible for the enamel that protects your teeth. Dropping both of these bad habits in 2018 will do your oral health some good.
4. Floss, floss, floss
Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, there's no chance you're eliminating all of the plaque from your mouth. That's why flossing is so important. It gets in between the teeth to remove food particles left behind from brushing. Mouth Healthy, an oral care initiative by the ADA, strongly suggested flossing once a day to remove the plaque. When you refuse to floss, you allow the plaque to harden and turn to tartar, which collects around the gum line and can eventually cause gum disease. Make an effort to floss before bed to reduce your risk!
5. Schedule regular dentist appointments
Even if you take great care of your mouth on your own, visiting your dentist regularly is critical. These appointments allow a professional to ensure you're properly brushing and flossing, as well as give him or her the chance to inform you of potential future problems. Scheduling an appointment every 6 months is highly recommended, so do your best to see your oral care professional at least twice this coming year. Go here to learn more about keeping your teeth clean.
Make this the year you and your pearly whites shine bright!