Well, it’s December —2022 is nearly over and done. You’re thus likely prepping for another year with new chances. In particular, you may be setting New Year’s resolutions to help you live better. However, have you considered making a great smile one of your 2023 goals? If not, your Saskatchewan dentist suggests you do. Now’s the perfect time to boost your oral health! As for how to go about it, there are a few ways. Here are three resolutions sure to give you healthy teeth in the new year.
Practice Better Oral Hygiene
Maybe you didn’t care for your mouth well these past twelve months. Even so, an oft-avoided activity like teeth cleaning can evolve from a low point to something you enjoy. After all, you’ll reap the benefits if you keep up with it: less sensitive gums, fresher breath, etc. The habit is also simpler than you’d think. For good oral hygiene, you only need to remember to:
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride that keeps your enamel healthy.
- Floss between your teeth once a day. You can do so with traditional floss, a flosser, or an interdental brush.
- After brushing, rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
Eat a Mouth-Healthy Diet
If you didn’t already know, your diet is crucial to keeping your smile in shape. Some foods and drinks can fuel oral bacteria that contribute to cavities, gum disease, and other conditions. Therefore, eating healthier in the coming year would be a good idea.
For instance, try to cut down on sweet or acidic stuff. Candy and other high-sugar foods cause tooth decay and cavities. Plus, fizzy beverages like soda have acids that erode enamel. Given these facts, swap the cola for water and the treats for sugar-free gum. While at it, add more leafy greens and lean proteins to your meals, too — they have nutrients that protect teeth!
Kick Your Smoking Habit
Now’s as good a time as any to stop smoking. Besides its other harmful effects, this addictive activity ruins your teeth and gums. According to the CDC, in fact, smoking even doubles your risk of gum disease!
As a resolution, quitting tobacco is pretty straightforward. Just pick a date to give up the habit, get the associated products out of your home, and gain support from your friends and family. You’ll have cravings, of course, so find healthy alternatives to keep your mind off them. If necessary, you can also get addiction help by visiting your local medical provider.
You have the power to make 2023 the year of amazing oral health. As such, follow the resolutions above so your smile can shine bright!
About the Author
Dr. Jerry Janzen is based in Prince Albert, SK S6V 7E9, having earned his dental degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He’s also a member of the Saskatchewan Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association. Given this background, he specializes in preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, dental emergencies, and sleep apnea therapy. Currently, Dr. Janzen practices at Legacy Dental and is reachable on his website or by phone at (306)-763-7841.