New Year Resolutions For Your Dental Health
New Year, New You: Dental Resolutions For The New Year
With the new year comes a wave of resolutions and goals. Most people focus on their physical health and lifestyle changes, but it’s important to remember your dental health as well. Achieving good oral hygiene can be easier than it seems, and the payoff is a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Here are some easy-to-follow resolutions from the team at Fairfield Dental Arts that will make sure your dental health stays in tip-top shape this year:
Brush Twice a Day
One of the most basic yet important habits you should maintain is brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. This helps remove plaque, the sticky film that builds up on our teeth over time and can lead to cavities and gum disease if not removed. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, front and back, for two minutes, preferably in the morning when you get up and at night before bed. Doing this will help keep bad breath away and promote better overall oral hygiene.
Flossing removes food particles from between the teeth that brushing cannot reach. It’s recommended to floss at least once a day for optimal oral health. For those of us who find it tedious or difficult to do by hand, many products on the market, such as water flossers or pre-strung flossers, can make the process easier and more enjoyable!
Smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and periodontal disease due to its negative impact on saliva production in your mouth; this affects how well acids are neutralized by saliva and how easily plaque forms on teeth surfaces over time. Additionally, smoking stains teeth yellow over time due to tar deposits which are difficult to remove without professional assistance.
Drink More Water
Drinking plenty of water helps wash away food particles from between teeth and keeps saliva levels balanced, preventing dry mouth caused by dehydration; both factors contribute significantly towards cavity prevention. Also, drinking more water throughout the day helps flush out toxins and bacteria responsible for bad breath; plus, it’s calorie-free, unlike sugary drinks, making it a win-win scenario when trying to maintain optimal oral hygiene habits.
Eat Healthier Foods
Eating healthy foods helps prevent cavities because it reduces sugar intake. Eating lots of sugary foods contributes heavily to tooth decay development and provides essential vitamins and minerals necessary for strong bones and teeth, such as calcium & phosphorus found abundantly in dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
It’s important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. These visits allow them to detect any issues early on before they become serious problems down the line. They also provide professional cleanings, which can help remove stubborn plaque buildup that regular brushing might miss! Plus, visiting them regularly allows them to provide personalized advice tailored to your individual needs based on their findings during the appointment.
Contact Fairfield Dental Arts to schedule your dental cleaning appointment!
If you are worried about your teeth, need a cleaning, or are experiencing any dental problems, give Fairfield Dental Arts a call at (203) 254-3780. We are your family’s dentist and proudly provide expert oral care for people of all ages!