New Year is a pleasant reminder that it’s never too late to start afresh. Whether it is hitting the gym, learning a new language, picking a new hobby, traveling more, making new friends, or maybe spending more time with your loved ones, we all make resolutions to be a happier version of ourselves. There is perhaps no better way to radiate happiness than with a bright, sparkling smile.
From the coffee, wine, or tea rituals that have over time stained and discolored your teeth to the late-night sugary indulgence that has led to cavities, toothache, and bleeding gums, your unhealthy lifestyle has made you smile a bit less and worry a bit more. If you have been too shy or self-conscious to express your joy with a big goofy and toothy grin in public, like most of your frailties, it needs to change this year!
If crooked or discolored teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath, cavities, or toothaches have been putting a hold on that beautiful smile of yours, it’s about time to set yourself free. At Smile Select Dental, we are on a mission of filling your new year with more confident and healthier smiles! To keep your dental health resolutions in check and to give you a year filled with hearty, warm smiles, we have curated an easy-to-follow dental care and health plan for you!
Brush and Floss Twice a Day
Your childhood lesson of brushing and flossing twice a day holds true for adulthood as well. After a tiring day when all you want is to jump straight into the bed for a long and peaceful sleep, skipping on brushing your teeth might appear as an easier option. However, it is crucial to start and end your day by properly brushing and flossing your teeth to get rid of the germs and bacteria accumulated throughout the day. While brushing regularly helps you remove the plaque from the tooth surface before it hardens into calculus, flossing is essential to remove the bacteria buildup in the crevices between your teeth. Here are some essential tips for effective brushing and flossing that will help you take better care of your teeth:
- Brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day at a 45-degree angle from the gum line in short, circular motions
- Opt for a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles and make sure to replace it every four months
- Do not ignore your gums, tongue, or back teeth while brushing
- Develop a habit of flossing after every meal to remove food particles, bacteria, or plaque from between the teeth
Eat (& Drink) Better for Dental Health
A healthier diet is definitely your secret to a healthier smile! Many dietary habits might have been deteriorating your dental health, like snacking too often in between meals, indulging in sugary or ready-to-eat treats, or consuming too many carbonated drinks, coffee, tea, or wine. Such food and beverages not only lead to cavities and the erosion of the enamel of your teeth but also long-term teeth discoloration and staining. This new year, eat and drink better for improved oral health. Make sure to consume food rich in protein and calcium for healthier teeth and gums. Vegetables, nuts, and fruits with high antioxidants will help you reduce inflammation and bacterial buildup.
Best Food for Healthy Teeth:
- Dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk rich in calcium and protein
- Carrots, apples, celery, and leafy greens rich in fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C
- Cashews, almonds, and brazil nuts packed with calcium and phosphorus
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, bad breath, and dry mouth-related problems
Limit Smoking and Alcohol Intake
We all know the harm smoking and drinking can cause to the overall health. But you’ll be surprised to know the damage they can do to your dental health. According to the American Dental Association, excessive consumption of alcohol or tobacco products can cause dehydration, dry mouth, tooth decay, oral infection, and even mouth cancer. There is perhaps no better time to quit your bad habits than the New Year. Make the right choices and opt for a longer, wider, and healthier smile and life!
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
If you have feared dentist visits as a child, it is time to finally overcome your fears and make your dentist your new best friend! Regular appointments with a health professional will not only help you ensure timely dental checkups and cleanups but also detect and prevent any potential infections or diseases. This New Year, prioritize your dental health for a healthier and happier life filled with beautiful smiles! Book an appointment with the highly qualified dentists at Smile Select Dental to kick start your dental health journey in the New Year!