Do you intend to make some New Year’s resolutions? Many of us do but they tend to fall by the wayside very quickly. So why not make some resolutions that are easy to keep, and which will improve your dental health in Newcastle? We’ve listed a few resolutions to help you enjoy a brighter and healthier smile for the coming decade.
- Book a Dental Appointment
If it’s been a while since you came to see us here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, pick up the phone and schedule that appointment! Regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments are the most important yet easiest thing you can do to help look after your teeth and gums. Even if your mouth feels healthy, there could be small signs of problems that are easy to treat this stage. Also, having regular dental cleanings is a lovely way to keep your mouth looking and feeling super clean and fresh.
- Commit to Flossing Daily
Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a given, but flossing once-a-day in Clarington is equally as important. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush cannot get right in between your teeth to remove plaque and food build-up. If you want to enjoy strong, healthy teeth and gums, you need to floss regularly. The New Year is the ideal time to start this new and healthy habit! If you aren’t sure how to floss correctly or feel your technique could use some improvement, ask us for help. We can show you tricks that will soon have you flossing like a professional, and we can also show you other tools to try and which could suit you better. The idea is to find something you feel comfortable using every day.
- Cut Back on Sugar
Reducing sugar can reduce your risk of tooth decay considerably and can help your overall health too. Start by making small changes such as swapping out sugary treats for something healthier, such as fresh fruit or cheese. Get into the habit of swigging plain water instead of sugary or acidic soda. Alternatively, chew sugar-free gum to help satisfy a craving for something sweet.
- Quit Smoking
Lots of people who smoke will resolve to quit in the New Year, and if that sounds familiar, make this the year you finally stop. Smoking can double your risk of gum disease and increases the risk of other diseases including oral cancer. Pick a date when you intend to quit and ask friends and family for support.
- Choose Tooth Friendly Foods
As you cut back on sugary foods, try to replace them with foods that are healthier for teeth and gums in Courtice. Sugar-free dairy products are particularly good as they are high in calcium. Other useful foods include fibrous vegetables like carrots and celery that promote saliva flow and have a slight scrubbing action on teeth. When you do want to enjoy something sweet to eat, have it as part of your main meal. This is because when you have a meal, your mouth naturally begins to produce more saliva, which helps to wash away excess food debris and harmful bacteria. It helps to reduce acidity levels in the mouth more quickly. When you snack on sugary foods in between meals, it increases the time your teeth are exposed to acid. The more often you snack, the greater the risk of acid erosion and eventually tooth decay.
- Introducing new and healthier habits can be hard at times, so take things slowly. If you forget to floss one day or have something sugary to eat, don’t give up on your New Year’s resolutions as there is always tomorrow.