January 17, 2023
What kind of New Year’s resolutions have you made for 2023? If you’ve had concerns about your teeth and gums recently, you might consider making a few improvements to your oral care routine. That way, you can keep your smile safe and dazzling over the course of the coming year. Below are 6 examples of New Year’s resolutions that your dentist might suggest to help you protect your grin.
1. Floss Every Day If You Don’t Already
Many people don’t floss as often as they brush their teeth. In fact, statistics show that only about 30% of Americans floss daily. However, flossing can be extremely beneficial to your oral health; it’s the most reliable way to remove bacteria and food debris from between the teeth, and as such, it can significantly lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. This year, start taking whatever steps are necessary to make flossing a habit.
2. Start Brushing Longer
The average person only spends about 45 to 70 seconds brushing their teeth a day. If you want to clean your teeth as thoroughly as possible, you should make sure that each brushing session lasts for two minutes – 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth. Try setting a timer to help ensure that you’re brushing as long as you need to.
3. Drink Less Soda
When consumed in excess, sodas can be extremely devastating for your oral health. Not only do they tend to be high in sugar, but they’re also acidic. As a result, they can significantly weaken the enamel protecting your teeth, leading to decay. Keep your teeth safe by enjoying sodas in moderation. Additionally, you should always drink a soda through a straw to minimize the amount of contact it has with your teeth.
4. Invest in an Electric Toothbrush
Switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush can have more of an impact on your oral health than you might think. Generally speaking, electric toothbrushes clean the teeth more thoroughly than manual ones. Furthermore, many of them come with helpful features to enhance your oral hygiene routine, such as pressure sensors that can alert you when you’re brushing too hard.
5. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Your mouth needs plenty of saliva to wash away harmful bacteria. If you don’t stay hydrated, your body won’t be able to produce saliva, leading to a dry mouth that has a higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Make sure your mouth stays moist by drinking water at regular intervals throughout the day.
6. Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
If you haven’t been visiting your dentist regularly, the new year can be an excellent chance to change that. You should schedule a dental checkup and cleaning every six months; this gives you the best chance of having minor dental issues caught before they can lead to emergencies. Reach out to your dental practice today to set up your first preventive appointment for 2023.
About the Author
Dr. James T. Gray has been practicing dentistry for 30 years and counting. In the past, he served as president of the Arlington Dental Study Club; today he is a proud member of the Texas Dental Association and the Fort Worth District Dental Society. At his Arlington practice, he brings his patients high-quality oral health care. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray, visit his website or call (817) 460-4131.
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