New Year’s resolutions often lean towards ambitious. Some are downright lofty. Others, however, are relatively simple to keep, and some of the simplest steps can have the most profound impact – especially where oral health is concerned.
This year, maybe hold onto some of those more idealistic aims, but pepper throughout realistic goals that, while minor, can have a major impact; goals like keeping your teeth for your entire life, for example.
Teeth are very useful. The better care you take of yours, the better chance they have of continuing to meet your needs throughout your life. Here are five easy to keep resolutions that will help you achieve this goal:
- Brush your teeth after every meal. Just three times a day with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove plaque, bacteria, and food from the surface of your teeth will help prevent cavities and tooth infection
- Floss both morning and night. Taking a few minutes to flow twice daily will not only help prevent bacterial and plaque buildup in between teeth, it will help keep breath fresh and prevent gingivitis
- Stop chewing ice and hard candy. Ice and hard candy can chip, crack, or break teeth
- Visit our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. Biannual visits allow us to keep your teeth and gums at peak health while providing us with an opportunity to detect small oral health issues before they turn into larger problems
- Talk to Houston dentist Dr. Khavari about general and cosmetic dentistry services that can be used to strengthen, brighten, and perfect – as well as protect – your smile
Of course, if you are a smoker, giving that up is essential for optimal oral health. Cigarette smoke actually changes the microbiome of the mouth, significantly increasing risks for gum disease, tooth infection, and tooth loss – not to mention oral cancer, chronic dry mouth, halitosis, and untreatable tooth discoloration. If you need help quitting, we would be happy to discuss options during your next visit to our Houston office.
Resolve to protect your teeth and gums in 2017. Please contact Love Brushing Dentistry to schedule an appointment and learn how. We serve Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas.