Another year has come and gone and we’re left wondering what we can do differently to enjoy the year ahead. Many of us will set weight loss and healthy eating goals, while others may strive for financial improvements or a career change.
Your smile is one of the most important physical attributes you have, so our experts here at Wildwood Dental encourage you to make this the year you do everything you can to improve it. Making healthy life resolutions can keep your teeth happy and can go a long way in creating a bright year ahead.
Try these resolutions for a healthier smile:
Brush and floss. There’s a solid reason our dentists stress the importance of daily brushing and flossing – because together they protect your teeth from decay and gum disease caused by plaque, an invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth daily. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, flossing is the only activity that can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gum line, where decay and gum disease often begins. Without proper brushing and flossing, you may develop bleeding gums, which may worsen to gingivitis and, eventually, gum disease. Because diseases of the mouth affect the rest of the body, it’s especially important to maintain good oral health.
Eat more veggies and fruit. We can all use more fruits and vegetables in our diets, period. Not only can they help give our immune system a boost, but these nutritious foods also help keep common oral disorders, such as gum disease, at bay. Additionally, antioxidants and other nutrients can improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping protect your teeth and gums. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen your breath, too. Win-win.
Stop smoking. Using tobacco in any form can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. It’s not just smoking tobacco that has negative effects on your oral health: use of smokeless tobacco can be just as harmful. It’s never too late to call it quits, either. The risk of tooth loss decreases significantly after quitting.
Drink alcohol in moderation. It’s obvious that excessive alcohol intake has an effect on your overall health, but it also affects your oral health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession. Studies all show smokers who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth, too.
Schedule regular dental exams. Make room in your schedule to visit us for a cleaning at least twice each year. This visit can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require expensive treatment. Regular visits also allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and address areas of concern.
Make this the year you resolve to treat your mouth right – your teeth and your body will thank you for it! Cheers to a wonderful 2016.
If you have questions about your oral health, schedule an appointment with us by calling 425.481.1889.