There is no better time than the start of the New Year to work toward accomplishing a personal goal or improving a part of your life. This year, make your dental health a priority.
Our team at Holub Dentistry is committed to providing you with the resources for having the best dental health possible, so we have put together five easy ways to help you improve your oral care routine.
1. Eat a Nutritious Diet
One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to lose more weight. But did you know that by eating a healthy and nutritious diet, you are improving your dental health too.
By cutting out sodas and high-sugar foods, you reduce your chances of getting a cavity. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits, can affect tooth enamel. While these foods are nutritious, it is best to have them as a part of a meal in order to maintain your enamel.
2. Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
While brushing and flossing twice a day is a very effective way of taking care of your pearly whites, it has been found that switching to an electric toothbrush is more beneficial.
For example, The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed 50 studies and concluded that powered toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushes. Electric toothbrushes consistently reduced the level of plaque and gingivitis.
3. Floss More
Stop lying to your doctor about how often you’re flossing; we can tell immediately. The key to flossing is to make sure you are doing it effectively to dislodge any buildup in between your teeth. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis.
4. Invest in a Waterpik
People that hate flossing can greatly benefit from a waterpik.
According to Dr. Mark Langberg, a waterpik certainly won’t replace flossing but it is much better than just brushing. Flossing literally wipes plaque off of teeth whereas a Waterpik rinses the area between your teeth that brushing cannot reach.
5. Quit Smoking
Like eating a nutritious diet, maybe this is already on your list of New Year’s Resolutions. This year, try to kick your habit of smoking.
Not only does smoking increase your chances of oral and throat cancer, but it can also lead to gum disease, dental plaque buildup, stained teeth and bad breath.
Contact us for a checkup, for more ways to improve your dental health, or to learn how we can help you achieve your dental health goals. We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care and service.