January 17, 2019
If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet, it’s not too late. Here’s a suggestion from a dentist in Colorado Springs—resolve to make oral health a priority! With just a few convenient practices, you can enjoy your healthiest smile ever. Read on for a few tips.
See Your Dentist Regularly
When was the last time you saw a dentist? The correct answer to that question is sometime within the last six months. According to the American Dental Association Mouth Healthy site, about 33 percent of Americans don’t see the dentist yearly. But dental checkups are one of the best ways you can ensure the health and appearance of your smile. So, if you’re due for a professional cleaning and exam, call a dentist in Colorado Springs today.
Floss Your Teeth
Most people know that they need to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. However, just brushing isn’t enough and, in fact, misses a lot of tooth surface. Flossing allows you to remove plaque buildup and food particles that become trapped between teeth. It doesn’t matter when you floss—morning, noon or night—as long as you floss at least once a day.
Curb Your Sweet Tooth
Numerous studies show that the more sugar you eat, the more likely you are to have tooth decay. You don’t have to cut out sugar, but cutting back on sugary snacks and sweetened beverages can reduce your risk of cavities. When you do crave a sweet treat, try drinking a sugar-free flavored water instead of soda, or chewing a piece of sugar-free gum with Xylitol, which helps to neutralize the acids that can lead to decay.
Eat a Healthy Diet
At the same time that you cut sugar, try to add healthy foods that will benefit both your general and oral health. For example, dairy products that are high in calcium build strong bones and teeth. Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery and broccoli scrub your teeth as you eat and, they increase saliva production to help wash away plaque.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking doubles your risk for periodontal disease—to say nothing of the other serious health risks that tobacco use can cause. Today, there are several online options you can turn to for help, and of course your family and friends can be great supports for you to lean on. Remove all traces of tobacco products from your home and work. Then, find a healthy activity to do when a craving strikes.
Resolve to stick with your new oral health habits, but don’t give up if you slip one day and forget to floss or indulge in a candy bar. Just start over the next day, and if there’s anything a dentist can do to help you have the smile you want, call today to schedule an appointment.
About the Author
Dr. Gregory M. Solich is a family dentist in Colorado Springs. He is dedicated to helping all of his patients enjoy the benefits of excellent oral health. To learn more about Exceptional Smiles by Gregory M. Solich, DDS, visit the website.
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