5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

January 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drvason @ 5:37 am

Resolutions spelled with Scrabble tilesDid you know your oral and general health are closely connected? A healthy smile is vital for your well-being. Whether you skip brushing before bed or don’t see your dentist regularly, it’s never too late to recommit to your dental health. There isn’t any better time than the present to invest in healthy teeth and gums. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions recommended by your dentist to reach optimal oral health in 2023. 

1. Brush Your Teeth More Often

Your toothbrush is the most important tool you have at home to combat common dental problems, like cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily, if not after every meal. Strive to brush for 2 minutes each time to remove any food particles or plaque that can lead to decay, infections, and bad breath. 

2. Don’t Forget to Floss Daily

50% of Americans have gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss and linked to many health issues, like heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Brushing alone can leave 40% of your teeth’s surfaces uncleaned. Daily flossing removes plaque from between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Use high-quality floss at least once per day to keep your gums healthy.

3. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches

92% of adults have had at least one cavity, despite being preventable. Besides a good oral hygiene routine, cutting back on sugars and starches can lower your risk of tooth decay. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth, brush your teeth after you’ve finished. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugarless gum to remove cavity-causing residue from your teeth.

4. Drink More Water

Your mouth and body rely on staying hydrated. Healthcare professionals recommend drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily. Hydration is important for keeping your mouth moist. A dry mouth is a perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria to multiply. Drinking water will keep your mouth moist and cleanse it in between brushing and flossing. If possible, choose tap water over bottled because many public water sources contain added fluoride, which is known as “nature’s cavity fighter” to keep your enamel strong and more resistant to decay.

5. Visit Your Dentist for a Cleaning and Checkup

Besides caring for your pearly whites at home, schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar to keep your smile clean and healthy. Your dentist will monitor your oral health to detect anything concerning while it’s small to prevent a minor issue from turning into a big problem.

You can invest in a healthy mouth and body in 2023 by giving your smile the attention it deserves.

About Dr. Carlisle VasonDr. Vason earned his dental degree at the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta and has regularly continued his education in many specialties, like dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you need a cleaning and checkup, request an appointment through our website or call (404) 997-4459.

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