9 New Year’s resolutions for healthy teeth

Healthy teeth

03 Jan 9 New Year’s resolutions for healthy teeth

A good dental routine can often go out the window over the Christmas period when we’re busy celebrating and indulging in the festive food and drink.

Now January is here, why not make it a new year resolution to take care of your dental health in 2018?

Here are nine resolutions for healthy teeth:

1. Maintain regular brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles have frayed.

2. Commit to flossing

Floss once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that brushing has missed.

3. Schedule a dental check-up

See your dentist on a regular basis for a routine check-up. At these appointments, your dentist will check the health of your teeth and mouth, and look for signs of early tooth decay. Potential problems can be spotted early and fixed before they become an issue for you.

4. Cut back on sugar

Sugar is one of the most significant causes of tooth decay. Reduce the number of sugary snacks you eat and drink water instead of sugary drinks.

5. Quit smoking

Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is one of the leading causes of oral cancer.  Quit the habit to improve your oral health.

6. Limit your alcohol intake

Alcohol, like smoking, is a big risk factor for oral cancer. It is also very damaging to your tooth enamel and can increase your risk of tooth decay. Reduce the risk by limiting your alcohol intake.

7. Eat more mouth healthy foods

Improve your oral health by making good food choices. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth. So too are fibrous foods which stimulate the production of saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits from your teeth.

8. Chew sugar-free gum

Chomping on sugar-free gum can help keep your teeth and gums healthy as the chewing motion stimulates saliva. Increased saliva helps to reduce the acidity in your mouth and clear debris between your teeth.

9. Avoid eating for an hour before bed

Avoid eating too close to bedtime, so the saliva in your mouth has a chance to clear away food debris and neutralise acid before you go to sleep.

We’re currently accepting new dentist and denture patients so if you’ve resolved to improve your dental health in 2018; please give us a call on 01395 225600 to make an appointment.

As well as helping you with oral health we can also provide cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.

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