4 Resolutions for a Healthier Smile in 2017
- See your dentist twice a year Most insurances cover a cleaning visit to your dentist twice a year. Take advantage of your coverage and see your dental professional! Many times work, school and life in general can get in the way of keeping up with your dental health but be sure to make this a priority in 2017.
- Create and Maintain A Consistent Hygiene Routine Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is an important component in maintaining your overall health! Creating a routine, as opposed to being one of those people who brush when it comes to mind, will help you meet this resolution of having a healthier smile!We encourage you to brush twice a day to prevent a buildup of bacteria and gum disease. Your risk for developing gum disease is much higher when there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth.
- Quit Smoking Smoking leads to countless dental and overall health problems. Smoking affects the normal function of the gum tissue cells is affected which makes smokers in general more susceptible to infections and many of the problems listed below. Bad breath Tooth Discoloration Plaque and Tartar Build UpBone loss within the jaw Risk of Leukoplakia (link to learn more)Risk of Gum Disease and Tooth LossDelayed Healing Risk of developing Oral Cancer(Source WebMD)
- Eat Healthier & Choose Water Most of the food choices that are good for you are also good for your teeth. Foods and beverages that are highly concentrated with refined sugars are hard on your teeth and can break down your enamel over time.Eating healthy is part of your overall health, as well as your oral health. Click here to learn more about a Diet for Healthy Teeth.Click here to learn more from the ADA!