Make a New Year’s resolution that is achievable and will make a difference to your overall health and wellbeing. We’ll share some ways that you can make your health a priority in 2016 and kick start your oral health!
It’s easy to let things lapse, but even more so around the holiday period when sun and sand means the last thing on our minds is a dental check-up. Oral health can be a little bit out of sight, out of mind, especially when we’re not feeling any pain or discomfort. If you’ve been delaying finishing your restorative dental work, kick off the New Year by committing to take better care of your teeth. Delaying your dental work isn’t going to make your teeth any stronger, in fact, it can cause them to get worse and a lot harder to restore. Remember, delay leads to decay.
Kick the habit
A number of smokers will kick off the New Year with a promise to quit and there are many reasons to kick the habit. Smoking doubles your risk of gum disease. It also discolours your teeth and makes you twice as likely to develop cavities and receding gums. It’s a fact that smokers are more likely to lose their teeth. In addition to this, of course, smokers are at significantly higher risk of cancer and chronic lung disease, , so start the New Year off with healthier habits.
Eat your way to better oral health
Eating a balanced diet is a crucial step in keeping your mouth healthy. Poor diet can affect your immune system and can lead to a whole host of health and dental problems. Start your year off right by cutting back on sweet treats and soft drinks. Fresh fruit and vegetables like carrots, celery and apples can actually help clean your teeth and keep your breath fresh. Dairy products are high in calcium which help keep your teeth and bones healthy. Most importantly, keeping hydrated keeps your saliva flowing which helps to combat cavities and gum disease.
Schedule regular appointments
The shocking truth is that most people don’t see a dentist regularly. It’s easy to forget about the dentist when you brush daily and your teeth aren’t causing you any trouble. Tooth sensitivity and bleeding gums are just some of the possible signs that your check-up is way overdue. Regardless of how well you brush and how often you floss, there’s only so much your toothbrush can do. Regular professional cleans are painless and can keep your teeth healthy, clean and cavity-free.
As crazy as this may sound, most people don’t know how to brush their teeth properly. You can do more damage than good by not brushing correctly. To keep your mouth and gums healthy, our dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly to remove plaque. Start the New Year by perfecting your technique for better brushing – see here for tips.
Teeth are tools for life, so make 2016 the year of healthy habits by contacting your local friendly National Dental Care dentist and booking your first comprehensive examination and clean for the year.