A new year will be here soon, and many Americans are busy making their resolutions now. Not surprisingly, goals for better health often top the list. This includes healthy teeth as well as a healthy body. Premier Dental Care wants to see you achieve your goals. We encourage you to write them down, set small goals to help you progress towards bigger ones, and tell at least one person who can hold you accountable.
Create a Routine and Stick to It
At a minimum, all adults and children old enough to brush their own teeth should brush for two minutes two times per day. Brushing your teeth shortly after you get up in the morning and before going to bed at night works best for most people. Don’t forget to floss to get food particles trapped between teeth that could turn into bacteria. Using a fluoride toothpaste helps keep your teeth extra clean and healthy, and finishing the job with antiseptic mouthwash gives you fresh breath as well as healthy teeth and gums.
Trade Candy and Sweets for Fruits and Vegetables
It’s easy to reach for a cookie, brownie, or candy cane, especially when they seem to be everywhere this time of year. Unfortunately, too many of these treats are bad for your physical health, waistline, and oral health. Instead, prepare a tray of freshly sliced fruits and vegetables and put it in a spot where you or other family members can easily see it when you’re searching for something to eat between meals.
Say Hello to H2O
Water helps you stay hydrated and satisfied so you’re less likely to snack. It’s also great for your teeth, especially when it contains fluoride. Unlike soft drinks and even some fruit juices, water contains no added sugar that can contribute to tooth decay. If drinking the recommended eight glasses per day sounds impossible, just aim to drink more water than you do now.
Covering Your Toothbrush Invites Bacteria
Placing a cover over your toothbrush or putting it in a drawer uncovered attracts bacteria that you then re-introduce to your mouth the next time you brush. Instead of doing these things, we recommend placing your toothbrush upright in a holder.
Choose a Soft-Bristled or Electric Toothbrush for Best Results
Hard bristles can damage your teeth, so we advise patients to use soft bristles for a gentle cleaning. An electric toothbrush can be especially useful because it can clean all sides of the teeth at the same time.
Give Yourself the Gift of Whiter Teeth in the New Year
Perhaps you do all these things and still don’t have a smile as bright as you would like. If so, consider treating yourself to professional teeth whitening in 2018. At Premier Dental Care, we are now accepting new patients. Please contact us at 615-452-1292 to schedule an appointment.