The new year means the start of many new things for a lot of people. Dentist Dr. Gregory F. Bell recommends making the new year the time you start focusing on the care of your teeth, too.
Many New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. There’s one resolution you don’t want to break, notes Dr. Gregory F. Bell, and that’s a commitment to the health of your teeth and gums. Luckily, New Year’s resolutions for your dental health are easy to keep.
The first resolution you’ll want to make is to see a dentist for a regular teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Keep this resolution by making an appointment with your dentist right away in January. If you make the appointment immediately, you’ll have no excuse to put it off and break the resolution.
Another dental related resolution is to add flossing to your oral care routine at least once a day. Less than half of the country admits to flossing at least daily. Flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums, notes Dr. Gregory F. Bell. Place a package of floss next to where you keep your toothpaste so that you remember to do it.
A few other New Year’s resolutions can have a positive impact on the health of your teeth and gums which can enhance your overall health. If you smoke, you might want to make a resolution to quit this year. Quitting smoking has many benefits for your teeth. It will make them whiter by reducing staining and will reduce the chance of you losing your teeth at a young age. Putting an end to your smoking habit also leaves you with fresher breath.
A diet that’s high in sugar causes wear on your teeth and leads to decay and cavities. A sugary diet also means a lot of extra calories, which can lead to weight gain. For the sake of your teeth and waist, resolve to limit the amount of sugar you consume. Keep an eye out for sugar in unexpected places, too. For example, foods such as yogurt, can have high levels of sugar.
Resolve to eat more nutritious foods in the new year for the sake of your teeth and health. Fresh fruits and vegetables give your body the nutrients it needs for a healthy mouth. Some produce, such as apples and carrots, help keep your teeth clean when you can’t brush right away.
Dr. Gregory F. Bell has over three decades of experience as a periodontist. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a DDS and graduated at the top of his class.