Happy New Year from all of us at Wildwood Dental! The holidays have come to a close, and it’s the perfect time for reflection and goal setting for the year ahead.
Maybe you’re finally ready to quit that bad habit once and for all, or you’re planning a trip to explore a new place. Each passing year brings new resolutions, and this year, our experts want to encourage you to make this the year of improving your dental health.
Here are our top 6 resolutions for a healthy smile:
Set a Dental Schedule
Not only do you need to set a daily schedule for yourself and your family, but you should also set a schedule with us. Every patient has different dental needs, but the average, healthy person should see us for cleanings and a comprehensive exam every 6 months, regardless of age. Seeing a dentist regularly for preventative care has proven to be more cost effective than waiting for restorative care.
Bonus: Scheduling appointments in advance ensure the optimal day and time for your schedule.
Flossing each day is the best way to ensure a healthy smile, no matter your age. In addition to regular dental floss, there are flossing alternatives such as flossing picks and Waterpik available if you find it difficult to start. If you haven’t flossed in a while, your gums may bleed initially. This is normal, however, if bleeding continues more than two weeks, a consultation may be in order to see if there is an underlying issues like gingivitis.
Eat (& Drink) Better
By far, the most popular resolution each year is to diet. We all want to look better and become healthier in the process. Your oral health effects the rest of your body and your appearance, and yet it is often forgotten when it comes to eating habits.
Make sure to consume plenty of vegetables, nuts, fruits and other foods with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Additionally, make sure to read up on the toll alcohol may take on your teeth.
Curb Bad Habits
Nervous habits and addictions are bad for your teeth. For instance, smoking will stain your teeth, damage your gums and can cause oral cancer, and that’s just for starters. Coffee addicts will notice considerable staining to their teeth over time and if you chew your nails or lips you might find yourself with sores, increased risk of infection, and damage to enamel.
Breaking a habit is always a battle, but there’s no better time than the start of the new year to start the challenge.
Maybe you don’t smile because you’re shy or because you are self-conscious about your teeth. We can help with dental implants, whitening and more. Let us know your concerns and we will do our best to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
Cheers to 2017 from our family to yours! Let’s make this the most smile-friendly year yet.