Your mouth is referred to as “the gateway to your body” because your oral and general health are closely entwined. You can invest in a healthy mouth and body in 2022 by recommitting to your smile. There isn’t any better time than the beginning of a new year to improve your oral habits. Here are 4 New Year’s resolutions to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
1. Brush At Least Twice Daily
Your toothbrush is the most important tool you have at home to safeguard your smile from preventable issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing at least twice daily, if not after every meal. If you tend to skip brushing before bed, you’re allowing harmful oral bacteria to accumulate in your mouth. Although you might be tired after a long day, don’t call it a night without reaching for your toothbrush. The ADA suggests using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth and tongue for at least 2 minutes.
2. Floss Every Day
Next to your toothbrush, floss is equally important. It cleans between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It’s the most effective way to prevent gum disease, which affects at least 50% of adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. The infection can also wreak havoc on your general health because it can enter your bloodstream through the pressure of biting and chewing. Research shows gum disease is linked to increasing the risk of several health issues, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory infections. It’s best to use high-quality floss at least once per day to keep your gums healthy.
3. Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months
Don’t wait until you have a toothache to see your dentist. Semi-annual cleanings and checkups are proven to keep your teeth and gums healthy to prevent needing a costly treatment later. Research shows every $1 spent on prevention can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency care. If you have dental insurance, you can visit your dentist twice a year for a copayment. Although life may get busy, take the time to see your dentist. You’ll invest in a healthy smile and lower long-term dental expenses.
4. Eat a Healthy Diet
You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” This applies to more than your waistline. Your diet can also affect your oral health. You can support a healthy smile by eating a well-balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches.
Improve your oral health and overall wellness by committing to your smile in 2022. If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental appointment, start the year with a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Robert J. Young
Dr. Young earned his dental degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry before continuing his training at multiple prestigious facilities, including the Misch Institute of Implantology. He offers the advanced services your smile deserves. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.