Whether you plan to lose weight or improve your finances, most of us will have specific goals we want to accomplish in 2017. With just a few days left of 2016, there’s no better time to decide your goals for the new year.
We urge our patients to consider making dental health goals for the new year. Making simple changes to your dental routine or changing your habits can make a dramatic difference for your oral health. To help patients kick off 2017 on the right note, Dr. Bernard Ang shares the top 8 dental resolutions that can help you achieve a healthy smile in the new year.
Top 8 Dental Resolutions For 2017
When it comes to improving oral health, knowing where to start is half the battle. Choosing a dental resolution is a great first step toward enjoying a healthy smile. It only takes a few extra steps to ensure your dental health stays in tip-top shape.
Some of the best resolutions you can make for 2017 include:
- Floss Every Day: Relying on brushing your teeth isn’t enough! Flossing is another crucial component to a thorough dental hygiene routine. Flossing each day removes plaque and food particles in hard-to-reach areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. If you don’t floss as frequently as you should, you’re at a higher risk for problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. Flossing is a shortcoming that most Americans need to work on. According to a survey from the American Dental Association, only 4 out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day. 20% admit to never flossing. If you don’t currently floss every day, this is the perfect time to make it a habit for 2017.
- Brush Properly: There are many common brushing blunders that inhibit your ability to properly remove plaque from your teeth. One of the most common errors patients make is using too much force while brushing. Brushing your teeth too aggressively can harm your dental health because the tooth enamel will scrape off. The enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects the delicate inner layers, which contain the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. Other common brushing errors include brushing for less than the recommended two minutes or using a harsh back-and-forth motion.
- Visit The Dentist Regularly: Do you have a habit of visiting the dentist only when you have a toothache? Visiting the dentist regularly for routine cleanings is essential for maintaining a healthy smile. Patients should visit the dentist twice a year (or every six months) for a cleaning and checkup. During this appointment, your dentist can spot any potential problems early on. Not only does this save you the pain of having to deal with a problem like severe tooth decay, but it will also save your pocketbook the price of extensive dental treatment. In 2017, we urge patients to make routine appointments to their dentist a priority.
- Limit Sugar Consumption: It’s no secret that a diet high in sugar will harm your dental health. Sugar is dangerous because bacteria in your mouth will metabolize it and expel an acidic substance. Creating an acidic environment in the mouth will leach calcium from your tooth enamel, which causes the protective layer of the tooth to erode. To avoid this problem, we recommend conservatively enjoying sugar.
- Quit Tobacco Products: According to the results of two 30-year studies from Tufts University, smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers. Smoking is especially dangerous for dental health because it promotes periodontal disease. Experts suggest that tobacco restricts the blood flow to the gums, essentially starving gum tissue of nutrients needed for healthy periodontal tissue. Restricting blood flow will also make it more difficult to fight off infection and will slow down the healing process.
- Drink More Water: Saliva is a key player for keeping the mouth healthy. That’s why patients with dry mouth tend to run into many dental health problems. Saliva is important because it washes away bacteria or food particles, and helps to neutralize acids in the mouth. We urge patients to make it a habit to drink more water for the new year. Doing so will help your overall well being and will help to promote saliva production.
- Avoid Poor Dental Habits: The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to quit poor habits that harm your dental health. Some of these habits include biting your nails, using your teeth as a tool and grinding your teeth. These habits put an enormous amount of pressure on your teeth, which can lead to tooth fractures and chips.
- Pursue Dental Treatment: If you’ve been avoiding dental treatment, we recommend addressing your dental problems head-on in 2017! Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or restorative dental treatment, the new year is the perfect time to finally address oral health problems you’ve put off. In the end, pursuing dental treatment will help to improve your oral health and restore your confidence in your smile.
Contact Amherst Village Dental
From all of us here at Amherst Village Dental, we wish you a wonderful start to the new year. If you’re ready to achieve a healthy smile in 2017, we’d love to help! We offer a variety of services to best address your individual case. Some of the dental services we offer include cleanings or checkups, TMJ treatment, gum disease treatment, and more. To get started today, contact our office at 603-673-5510.