New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

It’s that time of the year to reflect on the past 365 days and think about what the New Year has in store for us and what we would like to accomplish in 2016. Making New Year’s resolutions are a great way to provide you with some direction and better shape your path throughout the New Year. Resolutions encourage you to go beyond what you’ve been doing so far and challenge yourself in ways you never thought you could. Heath is often at the top of the list of resolutions for many people. We all know that physical health and healthy eating are an important part of living a healthy life, but have you thought about your oral health? Why not add some New Year resolutions for your teeth into the mix? Healthier teeth can lead to a brighter smile and more smiling puts you and the people around you in a happier mood.
Here are some key elements for you to consider in setting your oral health resolution.
1. Buy a new quality toothbrush…and use it!
Think about investing in a good rechargeable toothbrush.Oral B makes a great, affordable spin brush, (available at PDG) that performs beautifully! Commit to using the two-minute brushing timer twice a day and you will notice significantly more plaque removal than a manual brush!
2. Floss every day!

Even the best toothbrush can’t remove bacteria and plaque from between your teeth. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of flossing daily, think about starting out slowly, say…2-3 times per week. You can gradually increase your flossing frequency until you are up to once a day. There are tons of great flossing aids at your local drug store that make flossing less of a chore. Eventually, you won’t be able to miss a day…and your gums with thank you!
3. Quit using tobacco products!
Tobacco use can cause all kinds of oral health problems, including: bad breath, stained teeth, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
If you currently use tobacco, consider quitting this year. Instead, try out a healthier habit, like chewing sugar free gum, which stimulates the flow of saliva that washes away bacteria.
4. Visit your Dentist!
Your dentist knows best when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. Scheduling regular checkups allows your dentist to monitor your dental health and address any concerns before they become bigger problems. Visiting your dentist every three to six months is the best way to ensure a clean bill of dental health.

5. Smile more in 2016!
It has been scientifically proven that a simple smile can boost your mood, relieve stress, & even strengthen your immune systems.
You owe a lot to those teeth and gums of yours. Do them a favor this New Year by practicing excellent dental health habits and smile big in 2016!