Are you interested in making some new year’s health resolutions this year? Instead of focusing on finding a new job, buying a house, or trading in your car for something bigger and better, why not spend 2020 working toward better oral health? After all, healthy teeth and gums can give you the confidence you need to make all those other changes you want in your life, so before you put in your two weeks or start browsing the aisles of one of the many car lots in town, find out what you can do to achieve a healthier smile first.
Be Diligent About Your Six-Month Appointments
By making sure you keep your regularly scheduled six-month dental appointments, you will be taking the first step toward better oral health. How so? These visits are vitally important and here’s why:
· Your dentist can check for abnormalities or problem areas that signal early signs of decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. By detecting these dental issues in the beginning, there is a greater chance of stopping it altogether or at least prevent it from worsening.
· A dental hygienist can effectively remove harmful plaque and tartar buildup from around the teeth and gum line, allowing for a clean smile and reducing the possibility of gum pockets forming over time.
Learn to Floss…the Right Way
The status of your dental health isn’t solely based on brushing and rinsing. In fact, flossing is a crucial part of any oral hygiene routine, and it should be done at least once a day…correctly. It may be difficult to understand how you can floss incorrectly but if a proper technique is not developed, you can actually harm your teeth and gums. The first step is to commit to flossing. Next, it is to learn how to do it without pushing or pulling.
By gently gliding the floss back and forth between your teeth, you can effectively remove bacteria and food particles and lessen your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Break Up with Sugar
Okay, so maybe you don’t need to completely give up sugar, but it’s important that you limit your consumption…significantly. Too much sugar in your diet can cause bacteria to grow and spread and ultimately, create cavities. If you want to avoid unnecessary fillings or even a dental crown, you’ll start making wiser decisions about the foods you eat. And better yet, if you’re hoping to lose a few pounds this year, this particular tip can serve in a positive way for both your mouth and body!
Say Goodbye to Cigarettes
If you smoke, make 2020 the year you finally say, “I quit.” Smoking and other tobacco products (i.e. cigars, vaping devices, etc.) are not only bad for your health, but they can cause your teeth to become yellowed, gray, and even increase your risk of developing gum disease. Each year, more and more money is spent to hide stains and discoloration caused by years of smoking. Why not avoid the added cost, improve your oral health, and save your lungs by kicking the habit for good?
Make the decision to improve your smile this year. Once you can feel good about the way it looks, you can start focusing on all those other areas that will help you make the changes you need in the future.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry at the top of his class and was awarded for his surgical skill. After completing a full hospital-based residency at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, he went on to complete a two-year post-graduate program in implant surgery and dental crowns and bridges/denture placement over implants at the Misch Institute of Implantology. Dr. Young and his team at Young Dentistry are passionate about helping patients achieve their smile goals, which is why he is proud to offer a variety of services to meet all types of dental needs. To learn more about us, visit our website or call (609) 597-1830.