As we wrap up 2017, the arrival of the New Year offers us a time for change, a chance to take stock of the past 365 days, and a chance to make ourselves better in the New Year.
Typically, we resolve to improve our health, be better economically, or better ourselves in work or education.
This year, to improve our overall quality of life, Smiles Nambour recommends that you resolve to improve your dental health, which affects overall health and success in ways that we don’t always think about.
Which leads to the question of how New Year’s resolutions actually manage to live through Spring? Not that many.
Resolutions need to be simple and achievable. So, lets sink our teeth into some manageable and simple New Year’s resolutions to improve our oral health, protect our wallets, and increase our quality of life.
Visit your Dentist At Least Twice this Year.
Nearly all dentists recommend a minimum of 2 visits per year, and more for people with signs of less than perfect dental health, including smokers and gum disease sufferers.
Regular dental visits help prevent serious future problems from developing – which means that going to your dentist actually SAVES MONEY in the long run by making costly future treatment unnecessary.
Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. So, on January be sure to call your Sunshine Coast dentist and set up that first appointment!
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing shield your teeth from gum disease and decay, which are caused by your teeth’s most insidious enemy, plaque – a gooey, clear, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health, and they work together splendidly: Brushing cleans the teeth and flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gumline, where decay and gum disease often begin.
A healthy diet is a foundation of good dental health. The nutrients in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, and whole grains strengthen teeth and fight bacteria that cause gum disease. Be certain, this year, to include more tooth-healthy foods in your daily diet.
Sugary snacks and drinks, on the other hand, are your teeth’s worst enemy. When sugars break down in your mouth, they produce acids that wear away your enamel and cause tooth decay. Make it a goal this year to limit your intake of sweets, for your health and your teeth! If you do have to drink sugary drinks, drink them through a straw and rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. For any food that is bad for your teeth, it is always a good practice to wait 30 minutes after eating, and then brush your teeth.
Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is an easy and important step to take for optimal dental health. Not only does water help maintain a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in your mouth, but it also buffers your teeth from many acidic foods, therefore decreasing the chances of enamel damage and cavities.
Drinking water also helps keep your mouth clean – it’s basically rinsing your mouth with every sip. Water can even help keep your breath smelling good, as dry mouth can often lead to stinky breath.
While beverages like coffee and juice are fine in moderation, water really is the best thing for your smile in 2018—so drink up!
This resolution is popular for many reasons, but it makes our list because it is critically important! Tobacco hurts your teeth in mulitple ways. Cigarettes limit your mouth’s ability to fight off infection, which leaves you defenseless against the bacteria produced by smoking. This leads to problems ranging from yellowing of teeth to losing them or requiring root canal treatments.
The blood circulation in your mouth decreases sharply when you smoke. Grit in tobacco can also rub teeth and grind down the enamel that protects teeth.
It’s not only cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco can also cause harm to your mouth, and it’s not just the nicotine that is at fault. Some chewing tobacco brands include sugar in their mix. When the tobacco remains in your mouth for long periods, your teeth are exposed to sugar that can lead to tooth decay, above and beyond all the other issues related to tobacco.
Dentistry at Smiles Nambour
Smiles Nambour is the perfect choice for dental care during the New Year, the calendar year, and the years to follow! At Smiles Nambour we offer treatment for the full range of dental health issues.
At Smiles Nambour, we provide top-quality dentistry with the help of cutting-edge instruments and caring staff!