The new year is finally in full swing, and hopefully you’re taking steps to stick with all of the resolutions that you’ve made! But whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds, cut a bad habit from your life, or land a big raise at work, one thing you should definitely stick with is staying on top of your oral hygiene; a brighter and whiter smile is easily attainable this new year! Here are some ideas from your dentist to help you achieve the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible moving forward into 2023.
1. Upgrade Your Oral Care Routine
Whether you’ll be spending most of your time this year at home, work, or abroad, your personal oral hygiene routine is paramount when it comes to protecting your smile. Be sure that you’re brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush coupled with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash regularly. You should also be sure that you’re scheduling your preventive dental checkups this year. These visits allow your dentist to inspect your mouth for underlying oral issues and treat them before they have the chance to worsen.
2. Make Healthier Dietary Choices
You should know that your diet has a significant impact on your oral health; what you eat can fuel the bacteria in your mouth and contribute to issues like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other conditions. Try to limit your consumption of excessively sugary or starchy items if you can and opt for healthier options like vegetables and fruit, low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins. You can also try reducing the amount of snacking you do between meals this year! And don’t forget to drink enough water—it encourages your mouth’s natural flow of saliva, which is instrumental in the fight against tooth decay.
3. Quit Bad Oral Habits
There are all sorts of bad oral habits that can cause harm to your smile: nail-biting, using your teeth to open things, and smoking are just a few. In fact, smoking is notoriously one of the worst oral habits you can partake in, as cigarettes and tobacco products are responsible for a slew of oral and bodily health issues alike. Tobacco can also stain your teeth in addition to increasing your risk of serious dental problems, meaning that it’s not something you should want to expose your smile to.
If you’re hoping to make 2023 the year that you get your oral health back on track and your smile looking its absolute best, these resolutions are the secret to success!
About the Practice
The team at Advanced Smile Design is honored to serve patients and families in the Willow Grove, PA area. They offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options that are certain to help you get your smile back on track for this upcoming year. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact the practice online or by phone for additional assistance: (215) 659-3334.