If you went to a New Year’s party this year, did you have someone to kiss when the clock struck midnight? More importantly, were you confident when you went in for that special moment? If your oral health isn’t what it should be, you might have hesitated. But there’s good news! Before next year’s bash, you have plenty of time to master your habits and become the proud owner of a mouth that is clean, fresh, functional, and completely kissable. Here are a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions from your dentist in Ephrata to help you improve your oral health in 2018.
Brush Twice a Day
“I already brush twice a day,” you might say. But how well do you brush? Here are a few tips to get the most out of this part of your daily routine:
- Be gentle. When you brush too vigorously, you could accidentally damage your teeth and irritate your gums.
- Make sure you use a toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Pastes that don’t have the seal might not contain enough fluoride to keep your teeth strong.
- Wait 30 minutes to an hour after you eat before you brush. Foods and drinks, especially sugary and acidic ones, weaken your tooth enamel temporarily. It needs a bit of time to recover.
Floss Every Day
Brushing helps to fight bad breath and keep your mouth clean, but it can’t do the job on its own. Flossing cleans out plaque and food particles from the tight spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
You should floss at least once a day. Use gentle up and down motions on your teeth, and don’t forget to run the floss along the back side of your back molars.
Adjust Your Eating Habits
Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. It’s okay to indulge in a treat once in a while, but always do so in moderation, and be sure to rinse with water afterward so you can swish away some of the bacteria in your mouth. If you want something sweet, grab an apple. Their crunchy texture helps to clean your mouth, and chewing promotes saliva production, which also contributes to good oral hygiene.
Try to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet. These are rich in nutrients that are great for your whole body; many of them even include calcium, which your teeth need in order to stay strong.
Go to Your Dentist for Personalized Suggestions
Next time you visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning, ask for personalized suggestions on how to look after your oral health on a daily basis. Perhaps you would benefit from using a particular product, or maybe your dentist has resources to help you put the nix on any bad habits you might have, like smoking or chewing tobacco.
Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier mouth is worth the effort! We hope you have a fresher, cleaner, and happier smile in 2018.
About Ephrata Family Dentistry
The dentists and staff members at Ephrata Family Dentistry are proud to help folks in the community improve their oral health. If you want help to have a healthier mouth in 2018, please contact us at 717-733-1088.