January 2019 – Ring In the New Year with a Healthier Mouth!

What does ringing in the New Year have to do with being mouth healthy?

At the start of the New Year, most people make New Year’s resolutions.  Most of the time, these resolutions are some ways to get in shape, to improve, and to become a better person!

Here are some great new resolutions with regards to your dental health:

  • Buy a new toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months or if you have been ill.  “If it’s frayed, throw it away!”
  • Start brushing 2min, 2 times a day.  Brushing twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
  • Floss daily. Flossing is a way to prevent cavities in between teeth and reduce the germs that create bad breath.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. Choose healthy snacks and foods that will help teeth to be strong and beautiful.
  • Avoid sipping on drinks that contain sugar (added or natural). Sports drinks, sodas, and other flavored waters contain added sugar.  Sipping on these drinks all day increases the likelihood of cavities due to the constant exposure of the teeth to sugar.
  • Drink fluoridated water. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months. Regular dental visits help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
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