The New Year is right around the corner! This is a great time to set goals that will lead to a better you. If you haven’t picked a New Year’s resolution yet, we suggest setting goals that focus on your smile, and Hudec Dental can help.
If you struggle to keep up with your daily oral hygiene habits, you are not alone. Just like making it to the gym, it is tough to be disciplined enough to keep your smile healthy. Make your oral health a priority this year by vowing to follow our top five suggestions for great oral hygiene.
It goes without saying that proper brushing is by far the most important thing you can do to maintain your oral health. While you may already brush your teeth at least twice a day, you may not have the proper brushing technique. Make it a point to brush near the gum line and in both up and down and back and forth motions. Don’t forget the inside surfaces of your teeth, your tongue, and the roof of your mouth!
Ideally, you should floss at least once per day. Flossing will reach places that the toothbrush cannot. It will help remove plaque and food in between your teeth. Of course, proper flossing technique is important as well.
If improving your diet is also on your resolution list, you can help meet two goals at once by cutting down on your sweets! Sweet and carb-heavy foods feed the bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria then gradually eats away at your tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Try sugar-free gum and dark chocolate if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Avoiding these poor food choices is not only good for your body, it is also good for your oral health!
Drinking water has untold health benefits, but did you know that it can also be good for your teeth as well? Water washes away some sugars and bacteria that may stick to your teeth after eating. It is also a much less sugary option than most juices and sodas. In addition, most tap water has fluoride in it as well, which has been shown to help prevent tooth decay.
Getting Your Vitamins
Having the right balance of vitamins is also very important to your oral health. Calcium is great for strong bones and your teeth. Vitamin D is also important because it allows the body to absorb the Calcium that you are consuming. Vitamin A will help maintain a healthy amount of saliva in the mouth, which helps keep bacteria in the mouth under control. Vitamins C and B will also help with your gum health.
Having healthy teeth will contribute to a happier and healthier you! For more tips and tricks for a healthier smile in 2016, please give us a call at 216-661-8888.
Happy New Year from all of us at Hudec Dental!