With the Holidays behind us and the New Year on the horizon, it’s time to start setting New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year people resolve to do things that they may have been meaning to do for years. Whether it’s exercising more, eating better, or spending more time with loved ones, the New Year is a great time to set goals for yourself. Still pondering the perfect resolution to shoot for this year? Consider setting some New Year’s resolutions for maintaining your smile in 2014.
It’s important to give your mouth the care it deserves all the time, but the new year, in particular, provides a clean slate to start anew. A few resolutions you can set this year are:
Make an Appointment to Have Your Teeth Cleaned
After all the sugary treats you may have indulged in during the holidays, now is a perfect time to schedule your first teeth cleaning of the year (we suggest two throughout the year). Having your teeth cleaned helps remove the buildup of plaque that you may have suffered over the past months, especially in the aftermath of the holiday season. Having a professional clean and examine your teeth is also beneficial to finding anything that may need to be corrected in order to keep your smile healthy.
Cut Back on Sugar and Carbohydrates
Cutting back on sugary foods and carbohydrates is not only extremely beneficial for the health of your teeth, but also for your overall health. While many patients may be conscious of the effect of sugar intake on their teeth, other carbohydrates may not be at the forefront of their thoughts when thinking about dental care. Carbohydrates such as bread, fruits, crackers and potato chips may not be viewed as sweets, but they are made up of sugars, meaning that eventually they are broken down into simple sugars and ultimately may cause plaque buildup just as traditional sweets do. Moderation is the key to success in this resolution. Sources such as Colgate and Prevention, say that exposing your mouth to these foods continuously can cause more damage than just meal-time exposure. For example, sipping on soft drinks and snacking on crackers throughout the day may cause even more significant damage. If you can resolve to at least cut back on these foods, that’s a great step for your oral health!
Create a Routine… And Stick to It!
Having your own oral healthcare routine is a great way to ensure you take care of your mouth year-round. Find a routine that works for you, and ensure that it involves brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing once, daily. Whether you are constantly on the go and need to invest in a travel dental kit to make sure you meet your routine, or you stick to brushing your teeth at home first thing in the morning – finding a routine that fits you is a great step! If you need help getting started on a routine you can visit the American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy™ website for their recommendations. As soon as you have your routine laid out, stick to it!
Taking preventative measures toward maintaining a healthy smile may help you avoid corrective dental visits in the future, and the New Year is a great time to start! Should you find yourself needing dental care, or would simply like to have a dental check-up, contact the experts at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry to see what we can do for you.
Happy New Year!