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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Teeth

So what are your resolutions for 2013…getting a better job…losing weight…saving more money…or all of the above?  What about your oral health?   Many people set new goals about living a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, but many of them forget about their dental health.

Healthy resolutions can keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following strategies will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year:

Columbia Dentist Healthy alternative Eat healthier overall.  Even if you do not indulge in a lot of sugary foods throughout the day, your diet may not be healthy.  Keep a food diary for a week or two so you can really examine your eating habits and find the deficiencies.  You may realize that your diet is woefully inadequate when it comes to vegetables; that is a good starting point so you can begin eating better.

Quit smoking or using other tobacco products.  Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, by increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. But the good news is that the risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

columbia teeth whitening before and afterWhiten your teeth.  If your teeth have become dull or discolored, a whitening process will do wonders for your confidence.  We can help you decide the best whitening process for you.

Address any outstanding issues.  Even if you are particular about your oral care, you may have one particular issue – big or small – that just bothers you.  It may be a chip or crack in your tooth, a gap between two of your teeth, an old filling, bad breath, or something else.  Do not ignore it; talk with our staff about ways to address it.

See your dentist for regular checkups.  By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.

Help kids achieve better oral care.  With children, oral habits can slip; monitor them carefully and offer a refresher course when needed.  Remember that small incentives, such as a fun toothbrush or flavored toothpaste, can do wonders when it comes to getting kids to brush.

Use mouthwash.  Ask our staff for recommendations specific to your oral health.  Then use it faithfully and enjoy the feeling of a clean, fresh mouth.

columbia dentist brush twice a dayBrush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.  Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque.  Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health, and according to the Academy of General Dentistry, only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gum line, where decay and gum disease often begins.

So in 2013, why not smile more?  It’s contagious! Enjoy the New Year and make dental health a top priority!  Call our office today to schedule your next appointment and let’s get your year off to a great, fresh, smiling start!