There is no better time than the beginning of the new year to start fresh with some more wholesome lifestyle habits. Whether you’re looking to eat more vegetables, spend additional time exercising, or committed to sleeping a full 8 hours a day, you are taking a step to better your life. As for your oral health, there are always ways that you can improve. Here are some New Year’s resolutions that you can add to your list for 2022.
Attend Regular Dental Visits
Even though regular cleanings and checkups are essential for optimal oral health, about one third of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they should. At the beginning of the new year, give your dentist a call to book an appointment. Before you leave the practice, be sure to schedule your next visit. This way, you will be back on track with regular appointments.
Floss Every Day
Even though brushing is effective at removing plaque and food debris from your teeth, there are some places that your toothbrush can’t quite reach. That’s why flossing is necessary to remove bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already in the habit of flossing on a regular basis, the new year is a great time to get started! Place your container of floss right next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth.
Did you know that using tobacco products doubles your risk for gum disease? It is also linked to many other health issues, including oral cancer. This habit can be incredibly difficult to quit, so it’s important that you find healthier replacement activities for when the cravings kick in. Talk to your friends, family, and doctor about the best ways you can quit for good!
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
A little bit of sugar never hurt anyone, but if you are constantly consuming it throughout the day, this can increase your risk for tooth decay any other problems throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats that you buy. Try to find something else that satisfies the craving. For instance, instead of a can of cola, try having a crisp bottle of sparkling water instead. Instead of a piece of hard candy, have a piece of sugar-free gum.
Fortunately, not all foods are harmful for your teeth. In fact, some are actually quite beneficial. Try to add some more tooth-healthy snacks to your diet. Dairy products are excellent for your teeth because they are high in calcium. Try having some yogurt or a glass of milk for breakfast. Cheese makes a great snack as well. Fibrous foods and vegetables like apples, pears, carrots, and celery help to stimulate saliva flow and clean your teeth. Instead of potato chips or crackers, have some nutrient-rich nuts.
Don’t forget to care for your smile in 2022. By using the tips listed above, you can work towards beautiful, healthy pearly whites!
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry before completing a one-year fellowship in prosthodontics at the same university. Currently, he is a proud member of the Florida Prosthodontic Association, American College of Prosthodontics, Florida Dental Association, and American Dental Association. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule a checkup at his office in Orange Park, visit his website or call (904) 272-1588.