New Year’s Resolutions to Better Your Teeth and Health
It’s that time of year again when people start making their New Year’s resolutions. Make 2018 the year that you do something good for “future you”. Something as simple as a 30-minute dental cleaning will not only leave your teeth and mouth feeling super fresh, but it can prevent health related issues down the line.
We have come up with 5 easy-to-follow resolutions for the New Year. All 5 of these resolutions will not only help out with your oral health, but with your overall health as well!
Schedule a Dental Cleaning/Checkup
Whether it’s for you or your children, a dental checkup can prevent painful and expensive issues in the future. In fact, it’s been estimated that one-quarter of children from 2 -5 years old and one-half of youths 12 – 15 suffer from some form of tooth decay.
By getting a checkup and cleaning, problems can be caught (and solved) before they turn into serious issues. It’s often been said that your mouth is a window into your overall health. If you have bad oral health, it could negatively affect other parts of your body without you even realizing it.
Protip: If you would consider yourself to be a “dental chicken”, call the dentist and ask them if there’s anything they can give you to help alleviate your anxiety. There are several options available that will help put your mind at ease and prevent a mini-panic attack.
Start (or continue) Flossing!
In this fast-paced world, many people tend to “phone it in” when it comes to good daily oral care. Flossing only takes a minute or two and helps get rid of plaque that can harden near the gum line. If left to its own devices, the plaque will cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Run out and buy a can of dental floss and make it a point to floss your teeth before bedtime on January 1st. By the time you go in for your next dental checkup, your teeth and gums will be in much better shape.
Protip: You can buy floss picks which can be stored in the center console of your purse, car, or desk at work. You can also put some on the side table near the couch, so you can floss while watching t.v.
If you smoke cigarettes on a regular basis, you might be surprised to know that you’re causing damage to your gums, teeth, and mouth – not just your lungs and skin. Smoking stains your teeth, leads to gum disease, tooth loss, and in some causes mouth cancer.
eCigs aren’t a better alternative. Science and the medical community just started studying the effects that eCigs have on oral health. There are many alternatives to eCigs that have been proven to work. Cigarette patches, the “stop smoking pill”, and even cold turkey (for those brave souls willing to test their willpower) are better alternatives than inhaling unknown chemicals that are present in eCig juices.
Brush Your Teeth More
Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, you could probably stand to brush them three times a day (once after every meal). If not, make it a conscious decision to brush immediately after you have eaten sugary snacks or sweets. This way, you’re actively limiting the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to sugars, which gives bad bacteria less time to do harm.
Protip: Most home goods stores sell travel toothbrushes. They usually come in a plastic carrying case. Buy one of those and a small tube of toothpaste and you can store them in your desk at work. A quick trip to the bathroom after lunch to brush your teeth, and you’ll walk back to your desk with a minty-fresh smile!
Cut Back on Sugary Snacks
This one is literally a no-brainer. Sugary snacks are bad for you, bad for your teeth and bad for your overall health. They cause weight gain, diabetes, and tooth decay. The $7 triple venti latte café mocha with 25lbs of sugar that you get every morning before work isn’t helping either.
Try brewing coffee at home before you go to work. Not only will you save hundreds of dollars every month, but you can prevent yourself from damaging your teeth and health by drinking that much sugar on a daily basis.
Protip: The amount of money you’ll invest in a single-serve coffee maker and travel mug is miniscule in comparison to the money you’ll save by not buying a $7 latte every morning. You’ll also get to work much sooner!
Chicago Family Dentist
If your New Year’s resolution is to make sure that you’re doing all you can to maintain your oral health, schedule an appointment at Water Tower Dental Care. Our qualified and highly skilled dentists and dental assistants will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and offer suggestions on how you can easily keep your New Year’s resolution to take better care of your gums and teeth!