The new year is here! We hope that your 2018 was full of joy and success, and we wish you all the best for 2019. You might have some resolutions in mind already to tackle for this coming year, and we’d like to offer a few related to your smile. Hey, we are dental professionals after all! Don’t worry, these New Year’s resolutions aren’t intimidating, and following through with them will do wonders for your dental health. See how many you can stick to!
Take Your Toothbrushing to the Next Level
Chances are you haven’t thought too much about your toothbrushing technique since when you first learned it as a little kid. Most likely you have your routine down pat by now. But there are some small things you can do to improve the way you brush your teeth (if you’re not doing them already).
You should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if you’ve recently had a cold or flu, or if you’ve noticed that the bristles on your brush are starting to fray. Consider including an antimicrobial mouth rinse into your routine along with brushing and flossing. And don’t forget to brush your tongue since bad bacteria loves to hang out there!
Stick to Those Dental Visits
We get it. It’s easy to forget about visiting the dentist when you don’t notice anything wrong with your teeth. But the dentist isn’t just there for when things go wrong! Preventive care visits are important for keeping your smile in tip-top shape. You should be visiting a dental office every six months in order to get a check-up (just like you would your general doctor or eye doctor) and to receive a professional cleaning.
Lighten Up with the Sugar
Maybe giving up sugar, or at least some sugary products was already on your New Year’s to-do list, and looking after your dental health is just another reason to do so. Sugar is a big enemy when it comes to your teeth, and swapping water for soda, cutting down on candy, and choosing sugar-free chewing gum are just some of the ways you can make smarter sugar choices for your smile.
Looking for more ideas about how to improve your dental health this new year? Atlantic Dental Partners would love to help! Feel free to reach out to our team to discuss more.