The new year is here, and if you’re like millions of others, you probably have a list of resolutions you are attempting to check off before 2020 ends. While some of the most common often include losing weight, starting a new job, or buying a house, you might also want to consider improving your oral health. Why? The benefits are many, but if you want to avoid possible dental problems in the future, you should check out these 4 easy new year’s dental resolutions your dentist wants you to keep.
Take Time to See Your Dentist
Life gets busy, and although you might have good intentions to see your dentist, time often slips away. Before you know it, the year has passed, and your teeth and gums are no longer as healthy as they once were. This is why it’s crucial to set aside a small amount of time every six months to get in for a dental visit. Tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, and even oral cancer can occur and quickly progress if left untreated. In order to stave off these common dental problems and keep your oral health on the right track, it’s imperative that your dentist performs a thorough checkup twice a year before allowing a dental hygienist to remove harmful plaque and tartar and clean your smile.
Besides, if you have dental insurance, it’s likely that your plan covers all or most preventive services, so save yourself a lot of money and make that appointment sooner rather than later.
Protect Your Teeth with a Mouthguard
Experiencing chronic jaw pain or wear and tear on your teeth? It may be because you have bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding or clenching. By talking to your dentist and receiving a custom-made mouthguard, you can reduce the likeliness that your teeth will come into contact with each other while you sleep, improving your oral health and preventing additional problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or even sleep apnea.
Get Serious About Flossing
You tell yourself you’re going to be better about flossing in-between your teeth but before you know it, you’re done brushing and find yourself quickly rushing out the door to make it to work on time. Skipping this important step can increase your chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease, as harmful bacteria and food particles remain trapped in these tight crevices of your smile. If necessary, wake up a few minutes earlier to allow enough time to thoroughly floss and really clean your teeth. Be mindful of how much pressure you’re using, and if needed, talk to your dentist about proper techniques to keep from damaging your teeth and gums.
Mind Your Diet
This specific resolution can actually help you check off multiple items on your resolution list. That is if improving your oral health and losing weight are both on there. By maintaining a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet, you will not only watch your waistband shrink, but you’ll also see a noticeable difference in your smile. By eliminating sugar (or at least limiting your consumption), your teeth will be less susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, and you’ll feel even better in newer, smaller clothes!
If you’re struggling to get on track with your resolutions, don’t be afraid to seek help from friends and family. Your dentist is your ally and can also provide useful tips to help you find ways to stick to your new habits. One you find yourself in a routine, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of better oral and overall health in no time at all.
About the Author
Dr. Andrew Nawrocki wants you to have a stellar smile in 2020. By committing to better oral health, you can not only reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities, but you can also ensure you have a beautiful smile for years to come. As a highly-trained and skilled dental professional, he and the team at Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry can provide beneficial preventive care as well as tips on how to improve your teeth and gums at home. To learn more, visit our website or call (386) 677-1046.