New year new teeth: starting the year right - National Dental Care

The new year has arrived, and with it your chance to launch your new health plan, starting with a new smile. While every resolution is about getting a good bill of health, here are some tips on how to kickstart a “new year new teeth” plan, ensuring a healthy smile, a healthy diet, and routine dental visits!

A healthy smile all year round

Did you know that most people don’t know how to properly brush their teeth? We’ve all been taught the basics, and the importance of brushing and flossing, so doing it correctly matters.

When brushing your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and scrub with short strokes, applying the necessary pressure to feel the bristles against the gum. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, National Dental Care dentists recommend you brush twice daily, and floss afterwards to remove plaque.

The combination of brushing and flossing go hand in hand, and prevent various oral health issues including gingivitis, tooth decay and bad breath. Start your “new year new teeth” plan with a revised brushing and flossing routine, and enjoy a healthy smile all year round!

Eat and drink your way to better oral health

The holiday season is celebrated with lots of sweets, soft drinks, and alcohol, all of which load on the sugar and don’t do your teeth any favours. As the festivities come to an end, it’s time to start that “new year new teeth” plan with a balanced diet that promotes good oral health and avoids dental problems!

Fresh fruit and vegetables like apples, carrot, and celery are nature’s treat, packing in a great source of vitamins that also do double duty to maintain clean teeth while keeping that breath fresh. Calcium is also super important, so be sure to eat and drink plenty of calcium-rich dairy products if you can, including cheese, yoghurt, and milk, all helping to support strong and healthy teeth.

Finally, there’s water, and lots of it. A resolution to drink more water will go a long way for maintaining oral health, staying hydrated to keep a constant flow of saliva to help combat cavities and gum disease. It’s not just when you drink those bottles of water, either, as the tap water commonly found in Australia contains fluoride, and drinking from this water source can help prevent the onset of tooth decay.
Making healthier food and drink choices improves your oral health, as well as your general well-being. Feel good and look good in the new year and you won’t stop smiling!

Look good, feel good in 2019

Are you ready for a new look? As well as improving your health, a visit to the dentist can improve your appearance. Investing in services like whitening and Invisalign can transform your smile. Dr Antony Benedetto, National Dental Care Erina says “we offer a range of whitening options to suit different patient’s goals and budgets.”

Philips Zoom Whitening can be completed in less than an hour, often in a patient’s lunch break, and change the aesthetic of their smile. The change can be up to eight shades different.

“Invisalign is another increasingly popular service we are offering,” says Dr Antony Benedetto. Patients can see results in months, not years, with clear aligners that are almost invisible.

Keep those appointments regular

Regardless of how well you brush and how often you floss, there’s only so much your toothbrush and string of floss can do.

Typically, sensitivity and bleeding gums are indicators that it’s time to see a dentist, but if you’re planning on keeping your “new year, new teeth” plan healthy, you’ll want to contact your local National Dental Care practice at least twice a year to ensure you’re smiling. Professional cleans are painless and help to maintain teeth that are healthy, clean, and cavity free.

Remember that teeth are tools for life, and if you start your year with a bang and the right plan to keep them healthy, you’ll be happier all year round.

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