The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, and the holiday season is coming to an end. Do you know what that means? 2022 will be here before you know it! If you haven’t started making your list of New Year’s resolutions, now’s the perfect time to do so. Many people like to brainstorm ways to increase their wealth and health in the new year. Well, you can easily accomplish that by making your resolutions about your oral health! For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of ideas that’ll help you enjoy a healthy smile all year long.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Everyone knows about the importance of brushing and flossing. However, a solid oral hygiene routine can have a profound effect on your oral health – more so than you might think. Not only will it help your teeth shine brighter, but your gums will become less sensitive. That said, here are some ways you can keep your smile in tip-top shape:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Use fluoride toothpaste to keep your pearly whites strong and healthy
- Thoroughly clean between your teeth using dental floss
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing
Make Healthier Dietary Choices
Your diet matters a lot more than you think when it comes to your oral health. The foods you eat can provide nourishment for cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth, potentially contributing to a slew of dental problems. Fortunately, making better dietary choices can help you keep a healthy smile in 2022. You should consider limiting your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, avoiding snacks between meals, rinsing with water after eating, and following a diet full of nutrient-rich foods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, dairy).
Address Any Dental Problems
If you have an improper bite, damaged tooth, or a cavity, there’s no better time than the present to correct those issues! Your dentist can examine your mouth and recommend the appropriate treatment to get your smile back on track. Plus, by treating the underlying cause or concern, you can avoid needing more costly and extensive dental work down the line.
Saliva plays an incredibly important role in maintaining the heal of your teeth, gums, and mouth. It provides the enamel with minerals, neutralizes the pH level (or acidity), and helps wash away food particles. Therefore, having a dry mouth can contribute to multiple dental problems and complications. You can avoid those issues and keep your saliva flowing by chewing sugar-free gum, drinking milk, avoiding excess alcohol consumption, and drinking plenty of water.
2022 is the perfect time to improve your oral health. By making these your New Year’s resolutions, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile all year long!
About the Practice
At Lakeside Daytona Dentist, we provide patients with exceptional, personalized, comprehensive dental services unlike anywhere else. Our team uses the latest technologies and techniques to ensure everyone receives the best treatment possible. We enjoy educating our patients to help them make confident and informed decisions for their oral health. For more ways to keep your smile healthy in 2022, visit our website or call (386) 274-2021.